Aurora Fizzled but was not a Total Loss

Aurora Fizzled but was not a Total Loss

Last night I traveled up to Crater Lake National Park with photography buddy's; Joe Spendolini, Joe's Grandson Russel, Jason McMurry, and my Wife Crystal. We went up to the national park with the intent of capturing the Northern Lights.

Two days earlier, a large CME burst from a sun spot on our Solar System's sun. This blast of charged solar particles was on a collision with the earth. When these particles hit the earths magnetosphere, they react and create the phenomenon knows at the Aurora Borealis (in the Northern Hemisphere) and Aurora Australis (in the Southern Hemisphere).

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Mother Nature puts on a Good Show

Mother Nature puts on a Good Show

A large solar storm hit the earth over Memorial Day weekend. Causing a massive amount of auroral lights at the poles. This storm was so strong and happened during a night where there was no moon light, that aurora was seen throughout much of North America. Dark sky locations around Portland, Seattle, and Yellowstone NP. All reported seeing the northern lights. During the peak of this solar storm it registered a 7.67 on the Kp scale

Hoping to catch the heart of the storm before it was over, I ventured up to Discovery Point at Crater Lake National Park (map) where I have captured the northern lights several times over the past decade.

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Sinnott Aurora

Sinnott Aurora

It was a warm afternoon in August when I received a warning about a potential aurora in Southern Oregon, that night.  With this information, I searched my map of vistas to see what location would work best to photograph the Northern Lights.

According to that map, the Sinnott Memorial Overlook inside the caldera of Crater Lake National Park would be a great choice.

Arriving at the location before sunset, I set up my gear. On this night I used two cameras, one that I was manually controlling with each shot.  The other was setup capturing a night sky timelapse.  

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