Photo of the Week for November 11, 2016
The northern lights can appear in a surprising range of shapes and forms, but rarely do we see a photo like this one showing an aurora bearing a remarkable resemblance to a barred-spiral galaxy. Chris Kelly captured the image on October 25, 2016, from a location overlooking the Beaufort Sea, in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. If the name of this remote hamlet sounds familiar, it might be because it was the site that some chose for viewing the July 10, 1972, total eclipse of the Sun.
Chris used a tripod-mounted Nikon D3100 DSLR camera fitted with a Nikkor 18-55mm zoom lens (set to 18mm and f/3.5) for this 15-second exposure at ISO1600.