May 27, 2013

Aurora Borealis, Sweden

Photograph by Natalia Robba, Your Shot

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We were lucky enough to witness some very early auroras over the Abisko Mountain Lodge on March 1, 2013. The skies were clear, with only wispy clouds interfering come nighttime.

Abisko National Park in northern Sweden is rated as one of the best places in the world to try and see this natural light phenomenon, being located perfectly beneath the central parts of the auroral oval. During my last day there, a coronal stream collided with our magnetic field and produced very early and intense aurorae as soon as darkness set. —Natalia Robba

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42 comments
jeannyne Banks
jeannyne Banks

Iv seen this from Alaska it is so beautiful. amazing photo

miriam manganiello
miriam manganiello

This shot is incredible: I suppose it was quite difficult to reach the right balance in exposure. Congratulations.

Emma Tanglevine
Emma Tanglevine

beautiful,awesome and amazing...and how lucky you are to see this in person! keep up the great work!

Mairead K.
Mairead K.

 Wow great photo! I love the composition and lighting. Beautiful!

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Victoria R.
Victoria R.

Just now found out what it is nevermind.( Southern Aurora)

Victoria R.
Victoria R.

love the colors and the lighting especailly the sky. I forget what that light is in the sky. We deffinetly don't see that in Florida.

Allison K.
Allison K.

Everything about this photo is interesting. The AB, the twig teepee type thing and the red lodge with the white light blazing out-really adds something. The spectators add to the fact this is a significant event.

Strobe Driver
Strobe Driver

Have seen the Southern Aurora in Tasmania, Australia though not as impressive as this, and a great photo too.

Davide Vadalà
Davide Vadalà

I've seen northern lights in Norway for the 3rd time a few months ago and it's just an amazing experience! We really caught the perfect night and an incredibly strong Aurora Borealis. Much stronger than the one in the photo :)

Natalia Robba
Natalia Robba

@miriam manganiello Thanks Miriam! :) It takes a little practice but gets easier every time! :) The full moon was behind us and helped illuminate the landscape a little too =)

Natalia Robba
Natalia Robba

@Victoria R. Just like us in Gibraltar :( Just tooo far south. But on the plus side you guys get to see some wonderful Milky Way's from that part of the world =)

Natalia Robba
Natalia Robba

@Allison K. Thank you very much Allison! =) Was quite fortunate to have the teepee there! Makes shots like this so much more interesting I think. Everyone just ran outside without their jackets despite the freezing cold and I really like that you can see that =)

Natalia Robba
Natalia Robba

Thanks very much strobe! So glad you have seen them, nit yet seen the aurora australis! But seen the borealis many times such a beautiful phenomenon :)

Natalia Robba
Natalia Robba

It really is Davide :) yea for sure this wasnt the strongest display but there were some interesting shapes this night :) think this one kinda looks like a dragons talons. Or maybe its just me hah? :D

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