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Expect the unexpected

By Johnnybairdphotography
During our time in Iceland we weren’t expecting any crazy aurora; we did see a few small shows but the sun was rather quiet all week. A few days prior to this image the sun spat out a small coronal mass ejection (CME), but NASA writ it off as insignificant and likely wouldn’t hit earth.
After wrapping up a sunset at one of Iceland’s most iconic mountains, Vestrahorn, I took a look at the Space weather in the vain hope of something to come that night. I couldn’t believe it when I seen that an interplanetary shock (the first impact of a plasma cloud that hits Earth’s magnetosphere, causing it to compress) had been detected, though barely noticeable in the data. I turned to my mum and said we needed to be back for dark, which meant checking into the accommodation, skipping dinner, and returning to Vestrahorn.
I had hoped that we would both get a great show that night, and her first proper aurora experience. Though the CME was small, and of limited impact, the plasma cloud had a strong magnetic field – right from the onset of darkness we experienced some fantastic aurora. And, we virtually had the whole place to ourselves … on heard of for Vestrahorn. Car lights eventually did begin to shine, and people arrived, but soon left as the aurora had died down. We waited it out for a few hours, eating our camping food, knowing that it was only a matter of time before we got show number 2 of the night.

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Tags: Night photography Night Aurora Iceland Vibrant Long exposure Aurora borealis Landscape and travel Night and low light Vestrahorn Vestrahorn iceland

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Mike_Smith Plus
12 590 1 United Kingdom
24 May 2018 7:59PM
Beautifully composed capture, stunning scene, you must have been pleased with this.

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sawsengee Plus
13 6 27 Malaysia
25 May 2018 6:25AM
amazing light, colours & viewpoint captured & presented Smile
Tonyd3 15 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
25 May 2018 8:18AM
One of my favourite places too
Tooma Plus
3 1.9k 2 Scotland
25 May 2018 11:08PM
Wonderful striking image. What a show!
26 May 2018 11:29AM
Great Shot Jonny thanks for sharing Cheers Pete
Philpot Plus
7 56 4 United Kingdom
28 May 2018 11:42AM
Superb job and well worth returning, good explanation of why/how the Aurora occurs. One day I keep telling myself. Thanks for sharing.

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30 May 2018 4:52PM
Hi great picture. I live in Northern Alberta Canada. You check out my Northern Light pics
Leedslass1 Plus
3 2.5k 3 United Kingdom
31 May 2018 8:56AM
Wonderful!
1 Jun 2018 6:22PM
How wonderful to have seen and captured such an amazing display!

Jude
davebk 4 England
10 Mar 2019 6:43PM
A stunning image

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