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What a May Aurora display!

May 2, 2016

May 1st, 2016. I look at my aurora watch and a storm should have happened during the weekend. They said it was going to be delayed though. It's eleven at night and I am just going home from a whole weekend duty at the school. Do I want to go out and take pictures of really uncertain northern lights? 

I take the chance anyway, even though I am exhausted. I drive all the way to Ordrup strand. When I arrive there, the astrological twilight still shines its light on the calm shore as the sun passes low under the horizon. The days are really getting longer, I thought. The glimering deterred me from seeing a really blatant aurora, but I set up both cameras anyway. I could feel the atmosphere was electric and a faint arc was there. I didn't come for nothing!

 

 

As the time flies by, I see the sky is getting lighter towards the North and I can see on my LCD screen of my sony that the aurora is definitely intensifying. The Kp was only 4.33 though. All of a sudden, it popped out out of nowhere.

 

 

 

I was taking a break in my car and I saw the pillars, out of the blue. The majestic Lady Aurora had finally shown its true colors, so to speak. And what a spectacle! I had never seen such big pillars, and the show lasted for about two hours straight, which is pretty rare.

 

 


At 2:55 am, the astrological twilight appeared again! ALREADY?? But the show wasn't finished, I complained. There was nothing I could do about it. I decided to drive back home and have a good 'morning sleep', before I had to go to work.

 

 



I am so glad I came, because I would have missed a really big show. Before going to bed, I looked at the aurora alert site again, and it had updated the real Kp that had been happening: 6 (G2)! It definitely made more sense now. Off to bed!

 

 

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