POLAR LIGHTS

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Nice. My once chance to photograph an aurora (borealis, not australis) was self-sabotaged. I had no tripod and my eyeglasses were gone. I nevertheless got one shot that--though wretched--was steady enough I could see the stars of the Big Dipper in it.
 
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another Aurora Australis event this week. The same coronal hole has produced 3 events over its last 3 rotations. Southern Tasmania.
 

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Our recurrent coronal hole has appeared and completed its mission for the 4th consecutive time. We briefly reached minor(G1) storm levels in southern Tasmania and had beautiful clear skies to go with it. Strong winds(Read VERY strong winds) played havoc with stability but still managed some nice shots of the night.
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It has been very frustrating for chasing the Aurora in Tasmania lately. Plenty of active conditions with the sun starting to come out of solar minimum but clouds and the requirement to work the next day are always seeming to get in the way. Stayed until about midnight for this one and with no sign of any improvement I decided to head home and get some sleep. Of course after I left it fired up for about an hour while I was snuggled up in bed.
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Aussie Shooter, I had fun trying to find my way around that sky (which I once got to see under very unideal circumstances) I was able to pick out Alpha and Beta Centauri and Crux, and they are here too. The Magellanic clouds were below the horizon that day, alas, but quite visible in your pictures.
 
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Aussie Shooter, I had fun trying to find my way around that sky (which I once got to see under very unideal circumstances) I was able to pick out Alpha and Beta Centauri and Crux, and they are here too. The Magellanic clouds were below the horizon that day, alas, but quite visible in your pictures.
It is a beautiful sky on a clear night. And coming into milky way season as we are is always a good time of the year.
 

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It is a beautiful sky on a clear night. And coming into milky way season as we are is always a good time of the year.

The center of the galaxy (in Sagittarius) is low in our southern sky at best (and during our summer--July/August). So I know that a good fraction of the spectacle there is never visible up here, whereas you get it at a decent elevation.
 

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The center of the galaxy (in Sagittarius) is low in our southern sky at best (and during our summer--July/August). So I know that a good fraction of the spectacle there is never visible up here, whereas you get it at a decent elevation.
Ah. I didnt know that. At the moment it is still low for us but over the next couple of months it gets much better
 

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Another week and another short lived Aurora display(due to clouds ruining the show). The light at the right edge of the image is an art instilation in Hobart View attachment 196429

I didn't realize you were in Tassie but I should have figured it out. Jokes about Aussies walking around upside down aside, Oz is far enough north that there'd be more justice to joking that you walk around sideways. Only Tassie is closer to the south pole than I am to the north pole (almost dead center in Colorado, USA), and auroras are *rare* here.
 
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I didn't realize you were in Tassie but I should have figured it out. Jokes about Aussies walking around upside down aside, Oz is far enough north that there'd be more justice to joking that you walk around sideways. Only Tassie is closer to the south pole than I am to the north pole (almost dead center in Colorado, USA), and auroras are *rare* here.
We are actually very lucky in tas. The magnetic south pole is WAAAAAYY closer to us than the geographical pole. It is actually about as close to us in Tas as it is to the northern tip of the Antarctic penninsula.
 
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