St. Patrick's Day Aurora

May 06, 2015

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Photographer: Nebojsa Novakovic
Summary Authors: Nebojsa Novakovic; Jim Foster

Shown above is another look at the spectacular St. Patrick's Day, 2015, aurora. This colorful photo was captured from Pinawa Dam, Manitoba, Canada. A powerful coronal mass ejection on the Sun triggered a severe geomagnetic storm on March 15/16, 2015, allowing auroras to be observed in the middle latitudes of both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. This storm's Kp index, which is a metric used for the magnitude of global geomagnetic activity (ranging between 1 and 9), was measured as high as 8. Photo taken at approximately 9:00 p.m.

Photo details: Camera Model: NIKON D600; Lens: 14.0-24.0 mm f/2.8; Focal Length: 14mm (35mm equivalent: 14mm); Aperture: ƒ/3.2; Exposure Time: 15.000 s; ISO equiv: 1600; Software: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 (Macintosh).