Photographer Bob Kelley wrote:
What an amazing auroral display tonight above Delta Junction, Alaska. (March 23, 2018, at about 4:30 a.m.)
Tech info: Nikon D750, ISO 3200, Sigma 8mm, f/3.5 for 6 seconds, on tripod. I stayed with the 8mm for 3 hours and I’m glad I did because the show was all-sky at times.
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Bottom line: Photo of an aurora over Alaska looks like an angel.
Eleanor Imster has helped write and edit EarthSky since 1995. She was an integral part of the award-winning EarthSky radio series almost since it began until it ended in 2013. Today, as an EarthSky.org Editor, she helps present the science and nature stories and photos you enjoy. She and her husband live in Tennessee, where they enjoy guitar playing and singing. They have 2 grown sons.