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EarthSky // Today's Image Release Date: Feb 23, 2014

Bright aurora in moonlight

The moon was up when Mike Taylor captured this photo of the aurora borealis, or northern lights. The foreground lighting is moonlight.

View larger. | Mike Taylor calls this photo Moonlight Aurora II.  He captured it on February 19, 2014.

View larger. | Mike Taylor calls this photo Moonlight Aurora II. He captured it on February 19, 2014. Visit Taylor Photography

Mike Taylor captured this photo of the aurora borealis, or northern lights, on the night of February 18-19, when strong auroras were visible farther south than usual. Mike wrote:

The spikes of the northern lights were quite strong when I first headed out see what I could capture close to my home in central Maine on the morning of February 19. The cloud cover quickly moved out but then came back after about a half hour. I almost missed the show! This was one of my test shots to check my camera settings and composition. The moon was very bright and washed out a lot of the sky and the aurora but made for some nice foreground lighting.

Nikon D600 & 14-24mm @ 14mm
f/2.8 – 20 secs – ISO 800 – WB Kelvin 3570
02/19/14 – 2:56 AM
Processed through Lightroom 5 & Photoshop CS5

Thank you, Mike Taylor!

Aurora borealis seen at low latitudes on February 18-19

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