I have always had a passing interest in astronomy but it was not to little more than 4 years ago that I was truly bitten by the astronomy bug. Astrophotography now plays a major role in my life so much so I spend my days monitoring weather and spaceweather websites. By night I tour the county of Donegal in the northwest of Ireland, where I was born and raised, seeking out the idyllic foregrounds to complement the regions famously dark skies.
Having never seen or photographer NLC before, I had been watching the messages boards, websites and keeping in touch with astronomy friends regarding any possible display since the start of May. The weather has not been kind for any of the displays so far so imagine my frustration last night when reports of a possible display came in, I rushed outside and there was complete cloud cover. I dejectedly headed back inside and watched the mess boards for the next hour up to 00:30. Sure enough there was a display in progress as photos began to be posted to the message boards. I decided to have one last check for clear skies just before going to bed and….. Eureka!! Clear skies and there they were those elusive electric blue beauties!! A truly memorable night followed. The wonderful views of the processing NLC display were interrupted by no less than 3 majestic passes of the ISS. Finally as the Sun was creeping towards the horizon the brilliant Jupiter came into view in the north eastern twilight. Upon return to my home when reviewing my photos I realised I captured an Iridium flare along with the NLC. A great ending to a truly magical night.
Details: Location: Killygordon, Lifford, Co. Donegal, Ireland Date: 14 June 2011
Lokofoto - 12" x 8.5"
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