Photograph of the week: Aurora Sky Station

This shot of the Aurora borealis (or Northern Lights) was taken from outside of the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko, Sweden. The Aurora Sky Station, which is located in the middle of the auroral zone, is considered to be the best place on earth to see the spectacle – a natural phenomenon that is caused when charged particles emanating from the sun collide with the Earth’s upper atmosphere.

Aurora borealis

Abisko’s practically cloud-free sky and fresh, clean air, make it a haven for Aurora spotters from across the globe. Radio receivers and cameras present at the station help budding photographers and scientists predict the appearance of the Aurora better.

The shot was taken using a high ISO (800-1600 ISO) on a modern digital SLR camera. The photographer suggests inexperienced photographers use a minimum aperture of f3.5, but f2.8 or faster is recommended. A stable tripod is also a must.

Thank you to Chad Blakley of Weekend à la Carte for permission to re-produce the image.

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