Auroral Corona
[Auroral Corona]
DATE:   Sunday, November 7, 2004
FILM:   Fuji Sensia 400 slide film
~50 seconds
LOCATION:   Kalamazoo Township (my backyard)
INSTRUMENT:  28 mm lens @ f/4 on camera tripod
PROCESSING:   Slide scanned with Epson Perfection 3200.  Levels slightly adjusted with Adobe Photoshop 7.0
Stargazers across much of North America were treated to an incredible Northern Lights display on Sunday, November 7.  It was one of the more intense shows I've ever seen.  The type of aurora photographed here is categorized as corona; rayed arcs or bands seen directly from underneath, so the light seems to beam out like a sunburst in all directions.  Just to the left is the Pleiades or Seven Sisters open cluster.  The Hyades is the V-shaped cluster just to the right of the tree.