Northern Lights Over Germany

March 14, 2016


Photographer: Christian Ahlers 
Summary Authors: Christian Ahlers; Jim FosterMarch 2016 Viewer's Choice

These spirited northern lights were observed from northern Germany on the night of March 6, 2016. Initially, just a fringe of green was visible above the horizon, but suddenly green arches and bright red streamers and curtains appeared. Early spring is one of the best times for viewing auroras since geomagnetic activity tends to be high near the equinoxes. Note that the yellowish cloud beneath the aurora and just above the line of trees at lower center is from the lights of the small towns of Wiefelstede and Rastede.

Photo Details: Canon EOS 6D camera; 14mm;  f/2.8; ISO 3200; 15-second exposure; Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7 (Windows).