Photo of the Week for May 29, 2015
Many people associate the northern lights with cold, crisp winter nights. And certainly, few scenes are as striking as a snowy landscape illuminated by the shimmering glow of the aurora borealis. But in fact, the main reason we see so few displays in summer is because the locations best suited to aurora watching tend to be northerly, where summer nights are very short, or even non-existent. In other words, don’t expect to see a lot of June and July northern lights displays.
The April 17 aurora pictured above was captured from Melville, Saskatchewan, by Joyce Marie Maybanting. She used a Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera equipped with a Tokina 11-16mm wide-angle zoom lens (set to 11mm) for this 11 second exposure at ISO 100.