Time Out for an Aurora!
3/24/2023. All day yesterday and into last night, a stream of solar plasma swept across the Earth. There was no bright flare or coronal mass ejection to call attention to the possibility, just a large coronal hole, so the strong geomagnetic activity was largely unexpected. It would have been worth a trip up to the Parkway for a look north from Thunder Hill, but I didn't hear about this until very late on the 23th. Here's a view at 1:00 AM on the 24th from the edge of the wetlands just north of our house.
5x15s, 12mm Rokinon Fisheye, F2.8 @ ISO 6400
Stacked in Pixinsight
Manually defished in Photoshop
Thanks to Tony Hallas for the excellent deal on that lens. The next night, I tried for a shot of Venus, the Moon, and the Pleiades, with a fleet of Starlinks sailing through the strait between the Moon and the Pleiades. Clouds had other ideas. I got something, but not the shot I had in mind. Something might be worth sharing here, but if you don't see it...
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