On November 4, 2002, the northern lights danced over Efri Bru, Iceland. To capture this image, Steve Adams used a camera with Kodak Max 800 film, a 24-mm lens at f/2.0, and an exposure of about 15 seconds. To see more aurora images, go directly to page 10.Courtesy Steve Adams.…
A display of northern lights can be spectacular — curtains and waves of colors on the sky — often against a mountainous landscape or above a sheet of sparkling ice. This awe-inspiring phenomenon is created by electrically charged particles from the Sun colliding with the Earth’s atmosphere.
Sky & Telescope offers readers a range of articles helping them to understand, spot, and photograph these celestial dancing lights. A number of websites provide aurora alerts for your area. We’ll help you with the next step: staying warm and utilizing your camera to the best of its ability by capturing this celestial dance on film. Sky & Telescope even offers tours to catch a glimpse of the fiery spectacle in unique geological sites.