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Quiet aurora arc

26.1.2023 at 19.00 - 21.30 - Pietarsaari (II)
Sami Mutka

The last chance of the winter vacation to describe the northern lights and the comet. After tonight, the moon will start to illuminate too much and with a very high probability the clouds will spoil everything. A nice clear sky, but a freezing wind blowing from the north. I was waiting for the northern lights, but they remained very faint. The moon actually ate the blade from all the change in the arc. Around 8:45 p.m., a little bit of life could be seen in the sky, but the arc remained low. Moving from right to left at the best time were surprisingly high purple pillars considering the shallo...

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Pearl clouds

26.1.2023 at 18.18 - Pietarsaari (III)
Sami Mutka

On the last night photography trip, when we arrived at the beach, a wonderful sunset happened. Once, I wished I had been there earlier, because I only wanted to see the last moments of the wonderful sky. Pearly clouds in the direction of the sunset, I think.

Quiet aurora arc

21.1.2023 at 18.21 - 19.30 - Kokkola (II)
Sami Mutka

Finally, we were promised a cloudless winter vacation and got to work on bonga. After arriving at the bongause place, a test picture of the sky and a nice-looking arc was there in the sky. I set the camera on the shore to take pictures and went a little way to the fire place, to build a fire from the nice embers someone left. After some time, I went to check the camera and already saw on the camera screen that there were special stripes above the northern lights arc. I interpreted them on the spot as air glow. I went to change places on the beach, the purpose was to try to get some kind of pic...

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Active aurora band

1.1.2023 at 20.30 - 23.00 - Kokkola (III)
Sami Mutka

The year 2023 started with cloudless weather. After a couple of days of rain, almost the entire landscape had turned gray and ugly, and even the aurora borealis forecasts didn't promise very bad fires. At most the arc was to be expected, besides the moon loomed at 70% of its size, illuminating the landscape. A choice had to be made, whether to heat up the sauna or head outside into the strong wind. It wasn't an easy choice, but I had to visit it to photograph the first aurora borealis of the year. Well, once again it was worth pulling yourself up from the corner of the sofa and going o...

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Quiet aurora arc

23.12.2022 at 18.55 - 21.00 - Kokkola (II)
Sami Mutka

In the middle of Christmas preparations, a little early evening visit to the beach, when the sky is cloudless for a long time. The aurora borealis values were also on point during the day, but they died down after dark. Yes, that arch there on the horizon poked and sometimes even a little bit of life. There was a weird streak in the pictures, probably some kind of cloud that the eyes couldn't detect. When I took the first picture, I thought at first that the dunes were caught in the picture, but upon closer inspection I interpreted them as clouds.

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All-sky aurora

22.10.2022 at 20.50 - 23.55 - Utsjoki
Sami Mutka

The last night of riding the Utsjoki by myself this season. The northern lights were known and the whole day had been completely cloudy. As soon as it got dark, I started jumping outside to see if the clouds had disappeared. The Finnish Meteorological Institute promised a cloudless day from 21:00 onwards and that's how it went again. As if by magic, at 20:50 the clouds cleared. And what a show it was with the whole sky full of fire. Unbelievable, how at the time of the new moon in the middle of the desert you don't need a flashlight, but you can walk by the light of the northern lights...

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Half-sky auroras

20.10.2022 at 21.30 - 04.00 - Utsjoki (IV)
Sami Mutka

Another northern lights day at Utsjoki. This time, the gauges even promised a reasonable chance of a fire. At first, the clouds seemed to come and spoil the job, but we got really nice lights in half the sky. Of course, the best warps came after 01:00, when I had already taken the camera inside. Then the fires escaped from the firmament to the southern sky and arranged a proper dance. I'm happy to just look at these from the window. The action camera was able to record even the best part of the show. Timelapse from 23:58 -> around 04:00.

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All-sky aurora

18.10.2022 at 20.00 - 01.30 - Utsjoki (IV)
Sami Mutka

Let's add a bit of an already outdated observation here, last week there was a splendid blaze on Utsjoki several evenings. Due to weak connections, it was not possible to add these here in a timely manner. For years I had dreamed of going to a cabin that I knew at least from pictures, on the edge of the Kaldoaiv wilderness area. Even the nearest road was 5 kilometers away. A perfect cottage in the middle of nowhere. Now that in the summer I noticed that it was free for the perfect aurora borealis time, I started to organize an autumn holiday in the right place and the dream of a trip to th...

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Active aurora band

4.10.2022 at 23.56 - 02.27 - Kokkola (III)
Sami Mutka

It's been a long time since we were able to light fires in this part of the west coast. The previous night went wrong because the beach was completely closed just when the fire appeared. However, this time we were lucky. Before leaving for the evening shift, I packed the camera backpack in the car, because I had a feeling that something might be visible in the sky in the coming night. Just when the work shift ended around 11:15 p.m., it started to seem like the clouds are finally leaving Kokkola. I was thinking about a possible place to ride and I thought of driving inland, if there was a ...

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A fireball at night, as bright as a crescent moon

6.9.2022 at 00.39 - Kokkola (III)
Sami Mutka

After a cloudy weekend, I desperately went to look for solace in the form of using the northern lights, when the cloud maps and values promised a reasonable chance of catching it. After the aurora borealis died down, I waited for a while, lighting the northern sky, and I thought it would be like this. I went to pick up the camera backpack a short distance away, at the same time pressing the remote shutter button in my pocket. Slipping on the beach stones, waving a flashlight, I saw a quick flash in the corner of my eye, but I thought it was just the flash of a lighthouse coming from the sea. W...

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Active aurora band

5.9.2022 at 23.56 - 00.52 - Kokkola (III)
Sami Mutka

After the cloudy weather of the weekend, we went to get a refund for the repo photos that were not taken. After all, it promised reasonably good weather. When I got to the beach to wait for dark, I noticed that the aurora meters promised good things. I described the curve in the sky and at 00:15 the wait was rewarded, a decent fire lit up in the sky. It didn't last long and the clouds started gathering, but I was happy to pack my backpack and head home.

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Quiet aurora arc

29.8.2022 at 23.50 - 00.30 - Kokkola (II)
Sami Mutka

The sky was nice and even though the gauges didn't really promise anything, I thought of heading towards the beach. Vaisu aurora borealis, which was distinguishable even with the naked eye. Sometimes even a little life in the arc. The reflections were so well in place after the water line receded that I would have wished for a little bigger lights.

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Fogbow

25.8.2022 at 08.54 - Kruunupyy (I)
Sami Mutka

A wonderful foggy morning. I had to practice a bit of video shooting with the Drone, but when I got it in the air, it was good for describing the landscape. An amazing halo was visible throughout the flight. Yes, autumn is a good time to be on vacation!

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At least 10 lightning strikes seen

18.8.2022 at 23.00 - 02.00 - Kokkola (I)
Sami Mutka

I had already packed my camera backpack so that I would try the opening of the northern lights season after 11 pm when I get off work. After the sun went down, a terrible flash began as the thunder rolled over the sea. After the end of working hours, the ankle is straight towards the observation point and the flash on the horizon was continuous. 10 kilometers before the destination, I thought I'd take a few pictures, because it started to look like the flash was fading. That's how it happened, the best parts were already gone, but I still got a few pictures. Unfortunately, there were t...

Fogbow

12.7.2022 at 07.12 - 07.30 - Oulainen (III)
Sami Mutka

Nice night shift to work. Beautiful fog practically all night, through which the sun rose magnificently. The night was crowned by a wonderful arc of fog around Oulaiten.

Starscape image

31.1.2022 at 22.00 - Kokkola (III)
Sami Mutka

The day off was known and although the wake-up call in the morning was 3pm, it looked cloudless when it looked cloudy as the northern lights also seemed reasonable. As for the northern lights, it was entirely up to the racks, and there was no more strange life besides the arch. Thus, the observation is marked as a landscape constellation. The journey began a little differently, when we were the first to dig out another passing game by a local photographer whose terrain had run out and the journey had ended. After all, a decent photographer is the first to dig out a tripod, tune in to the camer...

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Active aurora band

25.1.2022 at 19.45 - 23.45 - Kokkola (III)
Sami Mutka

For once, the holidays hit the clear skies in a very synchronized way. The night before, there had been a bit of a twist in the dark, even though the original intention was to leave on Tuesday. Everything looked great already during the day, the northern lights, the cloudiness and the wind shone with their absence. Coffees to the thermal and travel. The couple photograph from early 20-21 in Harrbåda, Kokkola. There was a little cloudy gauze and you won’t be really excited to dance properly. However, there were good signs in the air when there was green gauze almost all the way to the sky. At n...

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Several halo forms

14.1.2021 at 14.12 - Kokkola (II)
Sami Mutka

The long cloudy period ended with a decent frost and some kind of halo was expected. An overhead arch photographed on a mobile phone during a business trip.

Active aurora band

24.10.2020 at 21.30 - 23.30 - Lohtaja (III)
Sami Mutka

Last week was spent in Ylläs and the last month I was waiting for Nazi now! For once, there would be activity in place when I leave for Lapland. Well the activity was, but the clouds were not. For the winter, however, he got off to a stealth. Today I drove home from Ylläs for 7 hours and the cloudless sky above and yesterday's storms in mind suddenly emptied the car and set off to drive to the observation sites. It was too late for that departure. The best show was running while I was driving, I even had to drive the car aside in the middle of all the light pollution and go hurry to visit ...

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Auroras seen through breaks in the clouds

28.9.2020 at 21.30 - 01.15 - Kokkola (II)
Sami Mutka

Yes, you knew how it was here. Awesome forecasts have been given, everything is on the move and Iltaleht also reports that yes, there are now northern lights. I can see with my soul's eyes the beating "The clouds defeated the northern lights bongar." Four hours of running by the sea and cloudy all the time. The clouds didn't feel like moving anywhere. A couple of intensifications were visible to the eye and luckily through the thinner cloud even some sort of images were obtained. There was a hustle and bustle on the beach as one photographer after another became disappointed with the s...

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Search result contains observations from time period 1.1.2000 klo 00.00 - 9.2.2023 klo 12.28.