ASTRO DOGS CELESTIAL ADVENTURES FEATURING THE AURORA BOREALIS AKA NORTHERN LIGHTS - AS SEEN FROM SCARBOROUGH. ONE OF THE BEST DISPLAYS WE’VE EVER WITNESSED IN THE UK! 🙀😍💚
Following the incredible reception we received for our photograph of what was one of the best displays we’ve ever seen, we are excited to share with you a short timelapse of the aurora from the same night. What an absolutely incredible evening this was! Out of this world!
First we witnessed NASA's DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) mission, whereby NASA intentionally crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid to see if it is possible to change an asteroids trajectory. This may uncover invaluable research should Earth ever be under threat from a potential asteroid collision in the future.
We then noticed that the stats for the aurora were sky rocketing! The solar wind density was off the charts, coupled with a strong IMF and the magnetic field swinging in our favour, we’d never seen anything like it and for this to be paired with the dark skies surrounding the new moon was an opportunity too good to pass up.
The skies that were recently covered in cloud and rain had cleared, and with everything falling into place, we quickly grabbed our gear and headed to the cliffs. We ventured out pretty late (at around 1am), the ground was soaked and the wind was blowing a gale. But we’re so glad that we braved the cold and headed out, because we were treated to an amazing display!
Once we arrived at the cliffs we were greeted with the lovely sounds of the ocean and we were covered with a blanket of stars, under the velvety, dark, moonless skies. The planets Jupiter (at opposition and making its closest approach in 59 years), Saturn and Mars were all looking stunning, as well as the Milky Way galaxy that was easily visible to the eye. We even saw some meteors AKA shooting stars. Absolutely breath taking.
Anyway, we soon set up our camera and realised the aurora was definitely there. It wasn’t long until it REALLY got going. The Aurora was dancing and there were arcs, rays and distinct pillars visible to the eye. We could easily see them dancing across the Northern horizon. Stretching up high towards the asterism known as the Plough, we could even see the colours to the eye too! This was easily one of the best displays we've ever witnessed in the UK in several years of chasing the lights. It really was breath taking. We were beaming with excitement and jumping with joy. Certainly a night to remember!
When we returned home, we set one of our large telescopes up to observe the bright gas giant Jupiter on the night of it's closest approach to Earth in 59 years. Jupiter looked incredible. We then we settled down with a hot chocolate, looked through our images and Luna AKA Astro Dog had all of the fusses, hugs and treats before drifting off to dream land.
This timelapse of the Aurora Borealis AKA the Northern Lights, is the first true time-lapse of the Aurora we have made. It was created using around 2 hours worth of images captured from Scarborough between around 01:00 and 03:00 on 27/09/22. We had some trouble with new software when creating this timelapse and it took a bit longer than expected to get everything to work. We think there was also a small insect wandering around on our lens/photobombing throughout the timelapse too, but we were really happy with how it turned out and we hope you enjoy it too.
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