How to capture aurora borealis

Photo made by Александр Семенов http://clione.ru/ at the White Sea Biological Station of the Moscow State University. 100km south from Kandalaksha, in September.

Photo made by Александр Семенов http://clione.ru/ at the White Sea Biological Station of the Moscow State University. 100km south from Kandalaksha, in September.

Its geographic location (alt. 67°09′25″) makes Kandalaksha a likely place to observe the aurora borels that’s usually seen between 67-70th parallels, close to Earth’s magnetic poles. Timing: September to March. One needs dark night, temperatures below freezing, clear sky, and an elevated level of magnetic activity. Yes, all these things together. It is mostly likely to happen in September, January, or February. The brightest auroras are said to be in spring and fall, around the equinoxes (March 20-21 and September 22-23). If you are strongly motivated to see aurora use Space Weather forecasts that reflect the strength of Sun wind. After a flash in the Sun the probability of seeing aurora in the next few days increases thrice. The Russian Space Research Institute’s site provides precise space weather forecasts. Also recommended for full and reliable information is the site of National Oceans and Atmosphere Agency (NOAA). Once you see a magnetic storm report get ready to observe aurora borealis. As a guide to aurora borealis see www.swpc.noaa.gov/Aurora/index.html (down as of April 11 2015). There you’ll see links to space weather forecasts..

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