Photos of the Aurora
From the late 1980's thru
One of the most eerily beautiful
sights in the night sky is the Aurora Borealis, or Northern
Lights. They are caused when electrically charged particles, spewed from
the sun, crash into the earth’s upper atmosphere. Directed by the earth’s
magnetic field to the north or south magnetic pole, these energetic particles
collide with the molecules of the atmosphere and make them glow. At the
peak of the sun-spot cycle, the sun produces more of the particles, and
the Northern Lights can appear in the skies of southern New York.
photos below show several auroral displays from the sun-spot
peak of the late 1980’s thru 1991. This is just a sample of the
many aurora photos taken by members of the Kopernik Astronomical Society.
here For aurora photos from the great October 2003 solar storm.
on each of the thumbnail images below to see a large version. Note that these are big files, so expect
to wait a few minutes for each to download.
Aurora Borealis lights up the bowl of the Big Dipper (Ursa Major).