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Active aurora band

20.11.2022 at 23.14 - 23.39 - Utsjoki. Karigasniemi (III)
Tarja Kouvo

For a while I had to wait, finally the patience paid off when the rays appeared in the southern sky. There had been a stationary arch there for a long time. With my naked eyes, I couldn't see the colors in those pictures, although the pictures clearly show red. I don't know and I don't understand? On the way back home, in the fires I saw appearing over the village, I clearly saw colors with my eyes: green, purple and a little pink. I didn't take a picture, the camera ran out of battery, and I myself was in a 26-degree temperature.

Images: 3 pcs

All-sky aurora

18.11.2022 at 23.02 - 00.58 - Utsjoki, Karigasniemi (V)
Tarja Kouvo

It was a night of northern lights and stars, even though Windy looked cloudy. Now I finally saw something reddish among the greenish rays with my eyes, that's what I've been waiting for. So spending a couple of hours outside in the freezing cold was a good trip, even though the cold tried to hit me at times.

Images: 6 pcs

Partial solar eclipse

25.10.2022 at 12.58 - 13.13 - Utsjoki, Karigasniemi (III)
Tarja Kouvo

I quickly glanced at the sky without staring. The sky was almost cloudless, beautiful and warm. In the pictures, I think it's the maximum phase, at home I realized that the clock on the camera is behind by 10 min, so I have to add 10 min more to the times I gave, then I think you're driving correctly. That's why I posted the camera times, in case anyone looks at the photo's metadata and wonders. On the beach, I checked the time on the alarm clock, focusing on the maximum moment, because of the cell and the eyes. I was still on the beach for a little while after 1:13 p.m., mostl...

Images: 2 pcs

Half-sky auroras

22.10.2022 at 21.15 - 23.54 - Utsjoki, Karigasniemi (IV)
Tarja Kouvo

The evening started in a low mood, and I already felt like a fool waiting for something to happen, I really wondered where the so-called promised futures were hiding. Then the dark south started to get brighter, I stayed in the water, then it got brighter towards the east, I was already curious, finally the arc came over me, it lit up. It was like fireworks, or a huge flower opening its petals, always changing its brightness and color. Colors were visible, it would have been nice to watch that apparition, and forget all about aiming the camera etc. Now the lights were the most beautiful I'...

Images: 7 pcs • Comments: 1 pcs

Half-sky auroras

21.10.2022 at 00.24 - 02.08 - Utsjoki, Karigasniemi (IV)
Tarja Kouvo

The starry night was spent outdoors again, the values were not great, but some movement still happened. It was a few degrees below freezing, but it already felt numbing after the autumn heat, and I forgot to clean the lens. It was a mess, I noticed when I finished the job.

Images: 6 pcs

Auroras seen through breaks in the clouds

14.10.2022 at 00.57 - Utsjoki, Karigasniemi (III)
Tarja Kouvo

The usual stuff could be seen through the gap in the clouds for a while, then fog and clouds covered the sky and air. Some spots of aurora borealis appeared from among the haze, but I just watched. Following the moon was more interesting and I tried to make out the halo ring around it through the haze. When you come, those that were seen that night were reaching for the moon, I rapped the picture.

One halo form

14.10.2022 at 00.49 - 01.58 - Utsjoki, Karigasniemi (I)
Tarja Kouvo

The aurora borealis was visible from among the clouds at the beginning of the road, then the fog rose, which was clearly visible in the moonlight. I guessed that the halo was visible around the Moon as somehow hazy, the ring was not clear, but a mixture of cloud, haze and obscurity. Quite different from the really waxy and clear ring I saw a couple of nights ago. ...the haze does its job.

Images: 4 pcs

One halo form

12.10.2022 at 04.21 - 04.31 - Utsjoki, Karigasniemi (I)
Tarja Kouvo

Night walks have almost become a habit, and something always happens there. Now the northern lights were missing, instead a ring around the Moon appeared out of nowhere. There was no need to squint to see if it was visible or not, it was so strong in the sky. It lasted 10 min, then disappeared, and didn't appear again even though I kept waiting.

Images: 2 pcs

All-sky aurora

9.10.2022 at 20.58 - 23.48 - Utsjoki, Karigasniemi (IV)
Tarja Kouvo

The lights were overhead as soon as I walked a short distance, I was in a hurry to put the camera on the tripod. The moon made the sky bright, yet the fires looked beautiful. Then the clouds took over the sky, the fires died down. For a long time I waited and waited, an arc appeared in between to the north, then it disappeared. At the same time, my enthusiasm waned, I felt like nothing was going to happen tonight. So I packed up my things and headed home. Oh, and that's it! Just when I was almost at the front door, the arch appeared on the south side, then came the rays, the right colors, ...

Images: 6 pcs

One halo form

9.10.2022 at 01.27 - 02.10 - Utsjoki, Karigasniemi (I)
Tarja Kouvo

Even in the evening, I would go outside to see if I could see anything special, for example the halo of the Moon. Nothing at all. I just couldn't sleep, so later that night I'd rather go for a walk than look at the moon shining through the window. The Moon with its halo was immediately visible. I took a picture at the same time, because you don't know how long those halos last. Then it disappeared, I kept walking so I don't get cold. I thought it would appear again. And so it happened. .... The Northern Lights, on the other hand, were not visible, although the Finland section o...

Images: 3 pcs

All-sky aurora

6.10.2022 at 21.49 - 00.10 - Utsjoki, Karigasniemi (IV)
Tarja Kouvo

What else can I say, except that the evening was rewarding: I like rays, and I saw them, the arcs are part of it, and even with my naked eyes I could distinguish a reddish, mostly plum red, stronger than lilac. The moon on the southern side got rays in the background, and at some point the arc strengthened to move over my head and I was able to photograph the corona. At least in my opinion. There were a few clouds, better than none at all, although they give a certain exciting atmosphere.

Images: 8 pcs

Half-sky auroras

5.10.2022 at 02.02 - 02.19 - Utsjoki, Karigasniemi (IV)
Tarja Kouvo

The cloudy sky that was promised for the whole night was a bummer. I was about to go to sleep, but my curiosity kept me looking out the door: the stars were visible!! So off I go, albeit very close. I saw pale clouds, which were indeed fires, rays appeared on the road and an arc over my head. There were no moving lights at all, as long as they appeared, stayed for a while and then disappeared. It was still a worthwhile night walk.

Images: 3 pcs

Active aurora band

29.9.2022 at 23.41 - 03.25 - Utsjoki, Karigasniemi (III)
Tarja Kouvo

The cloudless night became used for the sky. It happened that at the beginning there were the strongest fires, then after reaching the foot of the fell, the situation froze. Or I expected more than I saw.

Images: 6 pcs

Half-sky auroras

22.9.2022 at 22.33 - 02.20 - Utsjoki, Karigasniemi (IV)
Tarja Kouvo

The big green "flame" was already in the yard sky, so I hurriedly went a little farther with my thumb. When you never know how long the flames will be visible. The filming location was good, but the lights of the village of Karasjoki, even though it's about 20 kilometers away, reached there at certain points, to get "bahalas!!" So at first there was a fair amount of movement, then it got quiet, and the same thing again: just before home a strong arc appeared, luckily I was warm again and able to enjoy the phenomenon.

Images: 8 pcs

Half-sky auroras

20.9.2022 at 22.51 - 01.52 - Utsjoki, Karigasniemi (IV)
Tarja Kouvo

A cloudy sky was waiting in the yard and even the values for the night were modest. Once I had already gotten out, I thought of having a night picnic somewhere nearby. You could see the usual flares almost immediately, then it went quiet. Later, large motionless lumps of red fire appeared above my head, I let them be as long as I blinked. After them, I think there will be complete silence in addition to the cold, so home, I thought in my mind. In the middle of the home sky, an arc appeared at the Moon. Having warmed up a bit from the walk, I stopped in the water, and again the camera attached ...

Images: 3 pcs

Half-sky auroras

8.9.2022 at 22.50 - 23.58 - Utsjoki, Karigasniemi (IV)
Tarja Kouvo

Before the frost came, I decided to visit a local fell away from the lights of the village. Even as I was walking on the road, the lights were visible in the pale evening sky. On the dirt road leading to the fell, I then looked for a suitable vantage point, it was also good to watch the yellow moon. Didn't have to wait long....lights appeared a little everywhere, except not from the north. They were heading east-west. They were really strong, at least to my eyes. So I've never really seen such a great thing, maybe the lack of light pollution affected the view. The atmosphere was anyway...

Images: 6 pcs

Starscape image

8.9.2022 at 22.33 - Utsjoki, Karigasniemi (III)
Tarja Kouvo

On the night of the northern lights, I also knew that the Moon was visible very low in the southern sky. That's right, there it was, disappearing before three in the morning around the same time I was almost home. What I would like to know is, is that faintly reddish area above the forest the "Shadow of the Earth"?

Images: 2 pcs

All-sky aurora

7.9.2022 at 23.20 - Utsjoki, Karigasniemi (IV)
Tarja Kouvo

I managed to see the arc, and to the delight of my eyes it activated into a few good flares almost above my head. The rest of the night was cloudy and when I finally returned home, I looked online to see that the aurora borealis had also faded and dimmed towards the west.

Half-sky auroras

27.8.2022 at 23.49 - 02.20 - Utsjoki, Karigasniemi (IV)
Tarja Kouvo

I thought the darkness was just enough and the values were so good and the sky was almost cloudless. I was thinking of going somewhere to the lower slope of the fell, but the fires were already on the road, so I stayed on the road to photograph and watch. The north direction was too bright!! In other directions, the darkness was enough, as was the humidity...the lens had to be cleaned all the time. I was still trying to focus on what I saw above my head, some conker said that coronas appear there. I also saw red ones, but in my opinion the best thing went sideways, a car passed by at the same ...

Images: 4 pcs • Comments: 3 pcs

One halo form

25.8.2022 at 19.54 - 20.20 - Utsjoki, Karigasniemi (I)
Tarja Kouvo

The clouds looked like they could create halos. So I stopped picking blueberries and went up to a slightly better place on the slope. I was right, the tire halo appeared after being there for a good while. I was waiting for other halo shapes in between picking a few blueberries, they didn't appear.

Images: 3 pcs

Search result contains observations from time period 1.1.2000 klo 00.00 - 1.12.2022 klo 11.32.