Location of Photo:
Linn Co., Kansas, USA
Date/Time of photo:
Just after midnight, Aug. 13, 2001
This was made with an all-sky camera: A 10 minute exposure with a 16mm fish-eye Nikkor @ f/4 on a Mamiya back loaded with Fuji NHG II 800.
This is the Great Banded Airglow Display of Aug. 13, 2001. What this image depicts is the entire visible sky laced with bands of glowing oxygen molecules in Earth's ionosphere. The brightest of these bands were visible to the naked eye, but their color shows only in the time exposure.