Aurora off Northern Coast Last Night (22 Jan 2012)

8 years 3 days ago - 7 years 11 months ago #92089 by Donegal Skies
Hi all,

Well last night we struck it lucky in Donegal. The Northern Lights came out to play, first significant aurora display in Ireland of 2012. I thought I would share some of the images I manged to get. These Images of the phenomena were taken at Fanad Head, Co. Donegal between 20:00-21:00 on the 22nd of January (last night).

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Aurora over Donegal by Donegal Skies , on Flickr

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Aurora Irish Invasion by Donegal Skies , on Flickr

I arrived at Fanad Head with two companions, just before darkness set in. As the skies around began to dim the northern horizon began to glow and a quick snap with my camera confirmed the presence of those elusive northern light with camera showing green and red hues cast across the northern sky. As the evening progressed so did the intensity of the display. The infamous curtain effect was on display as shafts of light shot out from the base of the auroral glow and shimmered across the sky. This was greeted by a chorus of Oohs! & Ahhs! The images show the shaft of light at the base of the auroral glow.

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Aurora off Irish Shores by Donegal Skies , on Flickr

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Aurora Borealis above Donegal by Donegal Skies , on Flickr

I also manged to take a quick time-lapse of the most active part of the display we seen. Clouds interfered tho. The clouds soon moved in and a few hours later we heading home and spent the 90min drive reminiscing display.

www.flickr.com/photos/donegalskies/6747448469/


Thanks for taking the time to look.
All the best,
Brendan
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8 years 3 days ago #92090 by Paul Evans
Excellent shots Brendan. Nothing over my way despite some clear spells - there was always some cloud to the north and I suspect the aurora was behind that.

Well caught!

Paul.

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8 years 3 days ago #92092 by showie42
well done brendan :)

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8 years 3 days ago #92093 by dave_lillis
Replied by dave_lillis on topic Aurora off Northern Coast Last Night (22 Jan 2012)
great shots, was keeping an eye out here and the clouds stopped us from seeing anything,.
With the Sun getting more active, we'll have another chance soon enough I'd bet. :-)

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8 years 2 days ago #92097 by Tom_Walsh
Very nice shots, well done

Regards,

Tom Walsh
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8 years 2 days ago #92099 by Keith g
Nice luch there Brendan! and I've got an alert from my 3D sun app on my phone that another CME was ejected from the sun today and is projectedto hit on the 24th at 14:18UT +/- 7 HOURS

That's tomorrow night here!

Keith.

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8 years 2 days ago #92100 by michaeloconnell
Replied by michaeloconnell on topic Aurora off Northern Coast Last Night (22 Jan 2012)
Nice work Brendan!

A nice site to watch live aurorae:
www.auroraskystation.com/live-camera/9/

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8 years 2 days ago #92105 by Seanie_Morris
Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Aurora off Northern Coast Last Night (22 Jan 2012)
Very nice to see Brendan, your photos capture the colour nicely. Did anyone else spot them? Mostly cloud and haze here in Tullamore BUT a few listeners to the show last night did mention they thought they saw them last week and weekend gone, from a dark midlands location.

Seanie.

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8 years 2 days ago - 8 years 1 day ago #92106 by Pat_Dunne
Well done Brendan, on your photo and interview in this morning's Irish Times www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/201...10672211.html?via=mr

You're certainly on a roll, that's your second article in the "Times" in the last month. :-)

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8 years 1 day ago #92113 by TrevorDurity
Replied by TrevorDurity on topic Aurora off Northern Coast Last Night (22 Jan 2012)
Fantastic stuff Brendan. Came across your photos on the Irish Times website today. Many congrats!

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8 years 1 day ago #92116 by Donegal Skies
Replied by Donegal Skies on topic Aurora off Northern Coast Last Night (22 Jan 2012)
Thanks everyone,

It is very kind of you all to take the time to write such nice comments. Also, If you get a chance can you take a look at Dave g blog post under the thread Bad Astronomy. It clears up nicely some of the inaccuracies made by some paper writing about the story.

Thanks again everyone,

Brendan

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7 years 11 months ago #92175 by R Newman
Excellent images there, looking through face book there seemed to be many more out to watch and photograph the celestial event. Even though last Oct i got two images on the 9pm news but lovely images m.flickr.com/#/photos/leppre/6745782879/

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7 years 11 months ago #92176 by R Newman
Excellent images there, looking through face book there seemed to be many more out to watch and photograph the celestial event. Two images from last Oct got on the 9pm news thanks to Carl for the heads up..but lovely images m.flickr.com/#/photos/leppre/6745782879/

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7 years 9 months ago #93108 by Todono1x
Beautiful stuff Brendan, one thing I miss from the lower latiudes.
Were they visible from all latitudes in Ireland?
Tom.

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