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15th August 2015 - 16th August 2015

Aurora Boralis, Estevan, Saskatchewan.
Saturday 15th August 2015
Estevan

A new “venture” for us this week-end attempting to photograph the Aurora Borealis, the “Northern Lights” and after some small success on Thursday photographing the Perseid Meteor Shower we were optimistic. Rhiain supplied the information from web-sites and iPhone apps on the Aurora forecast and weather conditions, I used my apps for locating “dark sky” and thus the location of the best place to go. We (myself, Rhiain and Ian) left the house on Saturday evening at approximately 11:00 pm and drove 10 mile North of Estevan and found a suitable road off Highway 47 a tarmac surface for a short distance before it changed into a typical Canadian grit/stone although graded road across the prairie, which we continued along until we found a place were the only lights we could see were of distant ranches. Already on the way we had seen a “strange” colour in the sky, was it just cloud? No, when we got out of the car we could see it was the arc of Northern Lights and while the green colour wasn’t too visible to begin with, though it certainly was through the LCD screen of our camera’s, it gradually got stronger and started to change shape whilst we were there. We stayed taking photographs until 1:30 am Sunday morning before we drove back to Estevan.
Early morning, Aurora Borealis with Meteor.
Early morning, Aurora Borealis with Meteor.
Early morning, Aurora Borealis.
Early morning, Aurora Borealis.



Sunday 16th August 2015
According to the various forecasts tonight was going to be good again to see the Aurora Borealis, this time Ian stayed and Jenny joined Rhiain and I. Once more we were lucky and the “light show” was different to yesterdays or “this morning’s”. We went to the same place as last night and rather than the “swirls” we had “spikes” and this time we also had what we found out later was a “Proton Arc”, a very rare type of Aurora formation when much heavier protons have been ejected from a solar event and interact with particles in our upper atmosphere. Another late “night” not getting back until 1:00am.
Late Evening, Aurora Borealis.
Late Evening, Aurora Borealis.
Late Evening, Aurora Borealis.
Late Evening, Aurora Borealis.
Early morning, Aurora Borealis with Proton Arc.
Early morning, Aurora Borealis with Proton Arc.