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Solar Max Aurora by Kevin Snair

Photo of the Week for March 6, 2015

Solar Max Aurora by Kevin Snair-SQAccording to Dean Pesnell of the Goddard Space Flight Center, and key member of the NOAA/NASA Solar Cycle Prediction Panel, the long awaited peak of the current solar cycle finally arrived this past summer. And as solar activity goes, so does the frequency of northern lights.

Photographer Kevin Snair captured this shot of an auroral display soon after solar maximum, on September 13, 2014, at the Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park in New Brunswick. He used a tripod-mounted Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR camera set to ISO 2500, with a Samyang 14mm lens at f/2.8 for this 15-second exposure.

You can see more of his photographs by visiting his web site.

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One comment on “Solar Max Aurora by Kevin Snair
  1. Kevin Snair says:

    Thank you for choosing my photo. There was only a small window between full dark and moonrise. When I realized that things were going to be good, I set my camera to capture this as a time lapse video. This photo was just one of the frames. Here is a link to the video. You can see how the rising moon (just out of frame to the right) desaturates the sky.

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