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Location of Photo:

Auburn, CA

Date/Time of photo:

5/11/2024, 12:47 AM


Sony Alpha 7 III, Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 lens


As the auroral display temporarily subsided to the north, I took the opportunity to look south and was greeted with bright red swatches trying to blot out the southern Milky Way. It was a fantastic view that I never expected to see from my latitude. This image provides a way to estimate the brightness of the aurora to the unaided eye. The Milky Way is an easily discernible hazy band at my location, but only for people with dark-adapted vision. Some of my neighbors were disappointed by the view when they left their brightly lit house and tried to see the aurora.