APOD: Alaska Aurora Sequence (2013 Dec 28)

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APOD: Alaska Aurora Sequence (2013 Dec 28)

Post by APOD Robot » Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:05 am

Image Alaska Aurora Sequence

Explanation: A remarkably intense auroral band flooded the northern night with shimmering colors on December 7. The stunning sequence captured here was made with a camera fixed to a tripod under cold, clear skies near Ester, just outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. Left to right, spanning a period of about 30 minutes, the panels follow changes in the dancing curtains of northern lights extending to altitudes of over 100 kilometers in a band arcing directly overhead. The panels span 150 degrees vertically, covering about 500 kilometers of aurora laying across the sky from edge to edge. The auroral activity was triggered by a moderate level geomagnetic storm, as a high speed solar wind stream buffeted planet Earth's magnetosphere.

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Re: APOD: Alaska Aurora Sequence (2013 Dec 28)

Post by Guest » Sat Dec 28, 2013 6:07 am

I created this

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Re: APOD: Alaska Aurora Sequence (2013 Dec 28)

Post by Boomer12k » Sat Dec 28, 2013 7:34 am

WOW....looks like it knotted up, and then burst forth....spectacular.

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Re: APOD: Alaska Aurora Sequence (2013 Dec 28)

Post by orin stepanek » Sat Dec 28, 2013 12:21 pm

Awesome! :thumb_up: :thumb_up: :clap: :clap: :yes:
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Re: APOD: Alaska Aurora Sequence (2013 Dec 28)

Post by BDanielMayfield » Sat Dec 28, 2013 12:53 pm

orin stepanek wrote:Awesome! :thumb_up: :thumb_up: :clap: :clap: :yes:
Exactly.

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Re: APOD: Alaska Aurora Sequence (2013 Dec 28)

Post by FloridaMike » Sat Dec 28, 2013 3:53 pm

The last image on the right reminds me of M-Theory and colliding membranes. The parallel field lines illuminated by the aurora make a decent model of the membranes. The dancing motion of field lines represent the gyrations of the membranes and suggest the possibilities of collision as speculated in M-Theory. I guess the big question is, what is the process analogous to the magnetic field that gives rise to the membranes?
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Re: APOD: Alaska Aurora Sequence (2013 Dec 28)

Post by BMAONE23 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:33 pm

The last image (far right) looks like an eagle in flight to me. I see why the Native Inuit's revere these lighte as Totem Spirit Lights

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Re: APOD: Alaska Aurora Sequence (2013 Dec 28)

Post by Anthony Barreiro » Sat Dec 28, 2013 7:10 pm

Wow.

I would love to see this series of images as a time lapse video.
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Re: APOD: Alaska Aurora Sequence (2013 Dec 28)

Post by BDanielMayfield » Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:02 pm

Anthony Barreiro wrote:I would love to see this series of images as a time lapse video.
As would I Anthony. Hey, look at the coming attractions for tomorrows apod:
Tomorrow's picture: time-lapse
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