Amazing northern lights over Oslo tonight! Winter solstice is just hours away, and this must be the most amazing way to celebrate that the long nights soon, and very slowly, will get shorter and shorter. I was looking forward to many hours of auroras, but alas, clouds suddenly moved in from the south and thus […]
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Clear skies and auroras two days in a row! Wow! That’s truly rare, but nonetheless wonderful. The air was very damp and the glow from the city lights is quite something else than during a windy and dry night. Hopefully there will be more clear skies during the equinox, as that is a favorable time […]
Finally a moonless aurora night!! Even within the dome of Oslo’s light pollution this was a great display. Hopefully there will be more clear skies and auroras as we approach equinox.
A very busy couple of days Aurora-wise, and the second time for me since since the Perseids the 13th! Without the bright moon this would have been an amazing display for us at 60 degrees north.
What an incredible number of coincidences in one night! First of all a clear night – a rarity this summer! Add the first aurora borealis after the bright summer nights and a fireball into the mix, and you have the 2015 Perseids seen from inside the light pollution of Oslo! A close-up of the biggest […]
I did’t have high expectations tonight due to the full moon, but I set up my camera to do timelapse. To my surprise there was a great ouburst just minutes after I set up the camera, and I missed all of it because I opted to go indoors and let the camera do its job! […]
A crisp and clear night with freezing winds, and a very bright moon! A moon this bright is very bad for watching stars as well as northern lights. Perhaps in the far north where the light is always very bright, the moonshine could add a wonderful dimension to the auroras, but here far to the […]
After a long, gloomy and most of all cloudy winter, spring has arrived and with it longer days and finally clear skies! At 60 degrees north, the chances of seeing northern lights are small as the majority occurs below the northern horizon and even if above it’s so dim you must know what too look […]
What amazing luck – just a couple days after my trip to Brazil I experience this! What an amazing winter this could be…. Unfortunately I missed the beginning of the display, and the lights were only dim and intermittent until dawn. Many months laster it became very clear how lucky I was, as this winter […]
It was a clear sky this evening, and as I was walking my dog away from my house I didn’t notice anything in the northern sky. On my way back I stopped by one of my neighbors. I asked Bjørn Tore for his camera so I could take a shot to verify. It was definitely […]
Yet another brief and weak display. Only the green was visible to my eye, so without the camera I would not have known or seen the gorgeous purple. Unfortunately the clear sky was completely covered not long after this shot, so whatever followed was not for me to see. I’m very fortunate I don’t have […]
The moon is adding a lot of light to this vista of a calm ocean and an almost cloudless sky. Just a few seconds later and it’s all changed and moved across half the sky. It moved so incredibly fast! This was in fact the only strong lights during this almost 2 hour long timelapse:
Despite the bright light from the near full moon and the light halo of Oslo, the low hanging northern light is visible as a faint green glow just above the northern horizon. Perhaps the very last opportunity before the night of northern summer is but a passing twilight. It’s a bit frustrating with night upon […]
The Bunnefjord (the sibling of the Oslo fjord) has now been frozen over for many weeks and the ice is thicker than in many years. This night was without any clouds and it was incredible to be able to walk on the fjord as the moon was rising in the east. As I was walking […]
The Draconid meteors are generally faint, so with a near full moon the amount seen this night were few and far between. Being inside the huge dome of Oslo’s light pollution adds to the overall dimming of the meteors. I saw mostly very faint “blips”, and once in a very long while some bright streaks […]
Finally some intense auroas AND clear skies! It seemed at first to be only a dim band high in the northern sky, but at around 23:15 local time (21:15 UT) a sudden burst in intensity and spread! It covered all of the sky up to and a bit beyond zenith. This time lapse spans more […]
Since the first shots at around 20:40, the clouds moved in and the northern lights slowly withdrew to the north, as if the show was over. 3 hours later while walking my dog I see a fast moving swirl over the tree tops, and quickly walk home to grab the camera. There were no more […]
Seeing northern lights in the light pollution of Oslo is one thing, another is weather conditions. This autumn has not been favorable, with long periods of overcast and rain. Finally everything came together for a great veiwing. This time the display was mostly a dim and mellow veil, stretching allmost to zenith. Only few and […]
The forecast suggested a great show this evening. I went out and looked for the northern lights several times without seeing any, and I wasn’t really surprised, as the summer sky still was very bright, and the northern lights had to be very strong to compete. I only got one shot where the northern lights […]
According to the Auroral Oval there should be strong auroras – alas! I was glimpsing what could be northern lights, but they were weak, and featureless. Disappointed I was heading to bed, but one final look outside revealed something interesting. I grabbed my camera and tripod, and rand outside. Unfortunately, before I had set it […]
Even during the time of the deepest solar minimum in a century, it’s possible to see the aurorae. Albeit dim and hardly vislible to the untrained eye. It was a mild, windy and starry night. The grasshoppers playing in the trees. Low in the northern sky I could see a very faint hue of green. […]