Friday, February 12, 2010

Aurora Borealis Photos


These are surely the best photos of the northern lights I have ever seen.  I have all of them up because they show the full range of their appearance.

Enjoy    There are more on his web site. 

 

 Amazing photos of Northern Lights over Arctic

The Northern Lights are seen when the solar wind stream hits Earth’s magnetic field, sparking bright auroras around the Arctic Circle. In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the Aurora Borealis, named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for north wind, Boreas, by Pierre Gassendi in 1621. The aurora borealis is also called the northern polar lights, as it is only visible in the sky from the Northern Hemisphere, with the chance of visibility increasing with proximity to the North Magnetic Pole. 

These shots were taken by photographer Bjorn Jorgensen who lives in Tromso in northern Norway.

Bjorn said: “
I try to capture the essence of the arctic light, and I am particularly obsessed with the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. This breathtaking phenomenon has always left people awestruck, and it has inspired artist and scientists for hundreds of years.

It’s challenge to capture good images of the aurora, not only technically, one must also be prepared to spend several freezing nights alone in the dark wilderness.

Here are 11 photos, including one that has never been published, it was taken yesterday night close to the city Tromso in North Norway. We start with that photos:


































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