These shots are from my set at Flickr. They are viewed best in full screen. They are a combination of straight camera shots, through scope shots and visualizations made in different software. Enjoy!

Viewing Auroras in America

Current Ovation Map

When it comes to seeing the Northern lights, it helps to live above a certain latitude. I live in New England, but still have to drive north a way to see anything good. These sites will help you know when to look.

First, you will need a dark site:

Aurora at Mt Monadnock
Aurora at Mt Monadnock near Keene, NH

This site has an excellent darkness overlay. Purple and black are best for viewing, but I’ve picked up color in photographs even in green areas as seen in the shot to the left. You might pick up some lighting or spires with your naked eye.


Second: Check out some maps of current conditions and learn the lingo
(Understanding K-index)

Lastly, the 11 year solar maximum is coming to an end (written Nov 2014) so get out there while you can. Dark skies!

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants – YouTube

Excellent 17 minute quick overview of the history of astronomy replete with nifty animations gleaned and used well from documentaries.  It also conveys (lightly) our understanding of where we are and just how small our place is the Universe…  (with a teeny tiny touch of irreligiousity at the end).  It should be mentioned that this is just a taste of the wonder that is Astronomy.  But if you’re someone who probably wont pursue Astronomy further, it’s a great taste.