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Welcome to the SolarHam Aurora Gallery

Here you will find many of the great aurora photos submitted to SolarHam, several of which have been featured on the website. Prepare to be amazed by one of natures greatest light shows, the northern lights (Aurora Borealis) and the southern lights (Aurora Australis).

If you have a recent photo taken by yourself and would like it to appear in the gallery, please feel free to submit it. If it is received within 24 hours of an aurora event, there is a good chance it will be featured on the main page.

To submit a photo, please E-Mail it along with photo details (Name, location, camera, lens, exposure, ISO, f-stop/aperture etc., additional stories) to kevin@solarcycle24.com

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What is the Aurora?

The aurora is a bright glow observed in the night sky, usually in the polar zone. For this reason some scientists call it a "polar aurora" (or "aurora polaris"). In northern latitudes it is known as the aurora borealis, which is named after the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for north wind, Boreas, since in Europe especially it often appears as a reddish glow on the northern horizon as if the sun were rising from an unusual direction. The aurora borealis is also called the northern lights since it is only visible in the North sky from the Northern Hemisphere. The aurora borealis most often occurs from September to October and from March to April. Its southern counterpart, aurora australis, has similar properties.

Auroras are now known to be caused by the collision of charged particles (e.g. electrons), found in the Sun's Solar wind, with atoms in the Earth's upper atmosphere (at altitudes above 80 km). These charged particles are typically energized to levels between 1 thousand and 15 thousand electronvolts and, as they collide with atoms of gases in the atmosphere, the atoms become energized. Shortly afterwards, the atoms emit their gained energy as light.

How to view the Aurora

Viewing the aurora can be tricky and requires much help from our sun and also requires you to be in the right location at the right time with the least amount of light polution as possible. If a geomagnetic storm is in progress and you are located at higher latitudes, then viewing the aurora is very possible.

To learn more about this and how to capture an aurora image, please visit this link.

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Photo by Chuck Hilliard. Location: Washington, USA.
Nikon D800, f/2.8, ISO-1600, Exposure 20 seconds.
06/08/2014


Photo by Chris Ratzlaff. Location: Alberta, Canada.
No Details Available.
06/08/2014


Photo by Zoltan Kenwell. Location: Alberta, Canada.
No Details Available.
06/08/2014


Photo by Mathew Stewart. Location: Alberta, Canada.
Canon T4i, 10mm, f/4.0, ISO-3200, Exposure 4 seconds.
06/08/2014

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