04 January 2011

Spacewatch

Yesterday evening here in Sävast in northern Sweden (QTH Loc. KP05vs) the Aurora oval from NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center seemed to touch my location. Outside it was starry and cold, minus 20 C, and yes the Aurora was there!



This was my first shot with my miracle camera, the Sony NEX-5. Handheld in auto mode the camera choosed 3.2 s exposure time. Couldn´t have been easier to shoot my very first Aurora photo.



Here the camera is on a tripod.



The Orion´s belt was easy to find this starry evening.



Some stars and Nebulas in the Orion constellation. Betelgeuse is a red supergiant star, which maybe will became a supernova in thousand years time. If at the center of our Solar system its surface possible would reach the orbit of Jupiter! Rigel is a blue supergiant. More info is here.

The discs in the photo are ice crystals in the air close to the camera, seen by reflecting street lights.



And on the following morning, on January 4, a by the Moon 80 percent covered Sun disc should have been seen if not the clouds were there :-(  I did notice that it became darker.