2024 AURORA EXPEDITION#26 RESULTS 2024-03-16T14:04:31-05:00

2024 MARCH ALASKA AURORA RESULTS

by Paul D. Maley

An excellent example of Northern Lights activity on March 12 from Elsa Cole with a hand held Iphone 15Pro

NOTE: WHAT FOLLOWS IS A SERIES OF MOSTLY AURORA IMAGES TAKEN ON THE TWO CLEAR NIGHTS WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF CAMERA GEAR. IF YOU LOOK AT THE TYPE OF CAMERA USED IT WILL GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF PERHAPS HOW YOUR CAMERA/SMART PHONE MAY FUNCTION. ALL SMART PHONE IMAGES WERE HAND-HELD BUT WE RECOMMEND THEY BE MOUNTED SECURELY ON A TRIPOD IF POSSIBLE.

This trip resulted in another successful Northern Lights observation from March 10-14, 2024. Of the 4 nights viewing occurred beginning about 2:30am on March 12 and 11pm March 12 extending into March 13.  The other nightly periods were completely overcast. Still this extended my unbroken record of seeing the Lights on every trip since beginning in 2011. Note that conventional weather forecasts predicted cloudy skies on every night, but things don’t actually go according to forecasts shown on the Weather Channel, Accuweather or other popular weather sites.

What happens when a camera applies artificial intelligence to determine how  photo should appear? The above captured by Rollie Cole provides an example which adjusts the brightness and contrast automatically

 

A nice visual sight around the Sun during the day. Paul Maley photo.

PHOTOS FROM MARCH 11

Rollie Cole, Iphone 14 Pro Max series of images above and below

Dace Roll, Samsung Galaxy Note 20

Dace Roll, without AI and with AI processing

Dace Roll crescent moon setting

John Mikkelsen Iphone 13 Pro Max

John Mikkelsen

Jerry Rogers, Samsung S23+

Jerry Rogers

Jerry Rogers

Lynn Palmer, Nikon D3100 14mm lens, TRIPOD MOUNTED

Lynn Palmer

Paul Maley, Nikon D7500, 8mm lens series of images, TRIPOD MOUNTED

PHOTOS FROM MARCH 12/13

Here is a time ordered summary of what was actually observed on the 2nd night of clear sky:

737PM – sunset March 12

930PM – sky dark enough to see stars. All quiet up until 11PM.

11PM – 2AM MAR. 12-13: beautiful display of the Lights

220 – 300AM BURST OF AURORAS

300AM-600AM LIGHTER AURORA ACTIVITY

600AM MORNING TWILIGHT SETTING IN

635AM SKY BECOMES TOO BRIGHT TO SEE ANYTHING

814AM SUNRISE

John Mikkelsen images

John Roll images

Tim Kincaid images, Samsung Galaxy S22

Elsa Cole images

Fred Farin images, Olympus OM-D MK II TRIPOD MOUNTED

Paul D. Maley images

MISCELLANEOUS IMAGES

Group photo: left to right, Paul D. Maley, Rollie Cole, Lynn Palmer, Elsa Cole, John Mikkelsen,  Fred Farin, Tim Kincaid, Jerry Rogers, Gena Rogers, Lisa Farin, Larry Pettit, Dace Roll, Barbara Mikkelsen, John Roll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun halos photographed from a window seat on Alaska Airlines flight from Fairbanks to Seattle on March 14 (left). Paul D.Maley photo. Diagram of possible ice crystal formations that can cause such an apparition. The window distorted the central Sun image a bit but you can spot: lower tangent arc, upper tangent arc, 22 degree halo, parhelia (sun dog) and parhelic circle.

One of the ice carvings at the Ice Alaska Festival. Lynn Palmer photo.

Landscape of Alaska as seen from above. Lynn Palmer photo.

Tim and Larry watching the Lights. Lisa Farin photo.

At Chena Hot Springs. Left to right: Lynn Palmer, Lisa Farin,  Elsa Cole,  Rollie Cole. Lisa Farin photo.