A Little Glory

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Fri Nov 6 23:32:01 2009 UTC

While on a flight from Mazatlan, Mexico to Los Angeles this past March 2009, I looked down to see a small glory on the clouds a few thousand feet below. A glory looks similar to a solar or lunar halo except that it is opposite the sun and is caused by reflection and refraction of sunlight from droplets in the clouds. It is similar to a rainbow that forms a full circle. The size of the droplets determines the size of a glory. Large droplets make for smaller glories. If the droplets are of uniform size, up to four concentric rings might be seen. The shadow of the 737 jetliner is visible at the center of this glory. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night traxPhotography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit www.auroradude.com

 

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Venus Transit Anchorage, Alaska

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Fri Jun 15 06:59:01 2012 UTC



Unfortunately, I was delayed in Anchorage, away from my larger equipment during the recent Venus transit. Fortunately, I was able to purchase the last #10 welding filter in town. (Between the recent eclipse and the transit there wasn't a proper #14 to be found.) Although the #10 was not sufficient for visual observations, it sufficed for imaging with the cheapo digital camera that I had with me. It was also fortunate that the sky was clear on this momentous occasion... So, Here is what I was able to get... maybe I'll have better equipment for the next one! Copyright (c) Dennis C. anderson Night Trax Photography contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

The Spirit Dance

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Mar 28 21:03:01 2012 UTC

Here is another overhead crowning aurora from the intense auroral display on the evening of March 8, 2012. The aurora was at the magnetic zenith for less than two minutes as it swung southward over Homer, Alaska. I captured this image using a 6x7 cm medium-format camera with a 38mm wide-angle lens and Kodak E100G film. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Electric Angels

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Mar 28 20:39:01 2012 UTC



On the night of March 8-9, 2012, we saw some of the most intense auroral displays of recent memory. This is one of just a couple images of a brief but intense overhead crowning observed as the aurora surged southward over Homer, Alaska. I used a 6x7 medium format camera with a 38mm wide-angle lens anf Kodak E100G film to capture the moment. This crowning was so bright that it didn't even notice that there was a full moon! Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Venus, Jupiter, Moon March 25, 2012

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Mon Mar 26 22:54:01 2012 UTC



The planets Venus and Jupiter, are joined by our crescent moon and a few stars in the westerly sky as viewed from near Homer, Alaska. Illiamna volcano is seen at the right against the last of the evening's twilight. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Fisheye View of Aurora with Russian Church

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Fri Mar 16 21:05:01 2012 UTC

While in the village of Ninilchik, Alaska on March 10-11, 2011, I had just received an emergency tsunami warning on the local radio station. Japan had just suffered a devistating earthquake and the subsequent tsunami was racing across the Pacific ocean and headed for our coast. While I stood here at the 100-year-old Russian Orthodox Church with the moon about to set in the west, I wondered, should I stay or should I go? The 5-minute exposure is using a 35mm lens on 4x5 Fuju Provia 100-F film and is facing north. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Fisheye View of aurora March 8, 2012

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Fri Mar 16 20:41:01 2012 UTC

The aurora borealis fills the northern sky as photographed from Diamond Ridge near Homer Alaska. I used a 35mm lens on a home-built 4x5 camera, which creates a circular fisheye effect, to capture this moonlit scene on Kodak E100G film in unprecedented detail. The sun has finally come out of its deep slumber and we can only hope that scenes like this become more and more common as we move towards the solar maximum. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Early Start March 8, 2012

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Fri Mar 9 12:33:01 2012 UTC

Not long after dark, a green glow appeared on the northern horizon and I fired up my van to have a session with the aurora. Multiple green bands appeared and I snapped a couple shots from my driveway near Homer, Alaska around 9:00 p.m. local time. Later, there were at least three substorms, one amongst the nicest that I have ever seen. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography contact at auroradude@acsalaska or visit www.auroradude.com

Lunar eclipse December 10, 2011

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Sat Dec 10 23:11:01 2011 UTC

The moon was just beginning to exit the darkest part of the Earth's shadow as viewed from near Homer, Alaska around 6:00 a.m. Local time. Very thin clouds were beginning to move in and scattered the light of the brightest portion. The reddish glow of light refracted through Earth's atmosphere is still plainly visible. This was a pretty bright eclipse with the moon glowing a bright reddish orange for about 50 minutes during totality. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Noctilucent Panorama July 28, 2011

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Thu Jul 28 18:29:01 2011 UTC

Noctilucent clouds or NLCs were visible over Alaska's Kenai Peninsula on this entire short summer night. At this time of the year, the geometry of the sun is perfect for illuminating ice crystals high in the atmosphere to create these electric-blue glowing clouds. I stitched togeather four separate images to create this panorama of the northern sky as seen from our home near Homer, Alaska around 3:30 a.m. The clouds were visible well past 4:00 a.m. when the increasing twilight finally obscured the display towards sunrise. Copyright (c) Dennis C.Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Noctilucent clouds July 28, 2011

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Thu Jul 28 11:10:01 2011 UTC

NLCs light up the north with a mysterious blue glow as seen from near Homer, Alaska around 2:15 local time.

Noctilucent Clouds July 27, 2011

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Thu Jul 28 11:10:01 2011 UTC

NLCs light up the northern sky from near Homer, Alaska July 27, 2011

Noctilucent clouds July 27, 2011

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Thu Jul 28 10:48:01 2011 UTC

NLCs near Homer, Alaska July 27, 2011 Detail of bright area.

Noctilucent clouds July 27, 2011

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Thu Jul 28 10:11:01 2011 UTC

NLCs visible from near Homer Alaska July 27,2011 around 1:20 a.m. local time.

Jupiter, Moon March 6, 2011

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Mar 9 13:04:01 2011 UTC

Our crescent moon and bright planet Jupiter make a nice pairing in the colorful western sky as viewed from near Homer, Alaska. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit www.auroradude.com

Twilight over Cook Inlet

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Jan 12 22:17:01 2011 UTC

January 11, 2011 brought yet another beautiful blue-sky sunny day ending with a pretty sunset over the water, but it wasn't until later that the color of the sky had grown quite remarkable. I grabbed my wife's little digital and snapped three images from the deck of our house, near Homer, Alaska, and stiched them togeather to form this panorama of our southwestern skyline. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Baloon to the Moon

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Thu Dec 23 21:34:01 2010 UTC

During the lunar eclipse of December 20-21, 2010 we launched a hot air baloon into the night. The eclipsed moon is seen at the very top of the frame as the baloon streaks up and out of the frame on its way to... who knows where?

"Solstice" Lunar Eclipse

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Tue Dec 21 21:19:02 2010 UTC

Clouds came and went all day, but when it came down to business, we were able to scare them away and had a great clear night to view the "solstice' eclipse on the night of December 20-21, 2010. This is an image of the totally eclipsed moon taken from near Homer, Alaska shortly after the moon was fully in the Earth's shadow. I've seen several eclipses but this was a real beauty. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Royal Purples II

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Thu Dec 16 03:00:01 2010 UTC



Above a ribbon of green, tall rays reach up into direct sunlight where they are transformed by extra boost of energy creating violet hues during the evening twilight. This image was taken on April 16, 1999 from near Kluane Lake in Canada's Yukon Territories. Copyright(c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Visit www.auroradude.com or contact at auroradude@acsalaska.net

Too Little Too Late

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Thu Jul 15 08:57:01 2010 UTC

The aurora was visible from dusk to dawn on this April 10, 2010 night. Here, above Birch Lake, located southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska, we see a glowing band begin to brighten and move but it is ultimately lost in the growing twilight of dawn. Perhaps next season will bring an increase in solar activity and the auroras that come with it.

Lights Over Arctic Man

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Thu Jul 15 08:34:02 2010 UTC

Every year in the Central Alaska Range a small temporary town appears on the map. Thousands of Alaskans gather for the annual Arctic Man competition. This extreme event is a race envolving skis and snow machines. They don't compete against each other but rather work as a team. For part of the race a skier is pulled behind a snow machine at speeds reaching 90 miles per hour! I call it the Crazy Man! The northern lights were dancing low over the mountains but the race enthusiests were oblivious to them while bathed in all that man-made light. I used a home-built 6x7 medium format camera equipped with a 38mm wide-angle lens and Kodak E100G film for this 30-second exposure taken on April 10, 2010.

Sub-Visual Red

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Thu Jul 15 02:10:01 2010 UTC

2010 was starting out like 2009 ended. Auroral activity was minimal as the sun was stuck in the quietest period for about 100 years. I did manage to see some activity during our times of darkness but not much. Here we see a modest display from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula in the early morning hours of January 20, 2010. There is some red visible abobe the green which was not vivsible to the eye. Human vision suffers color blindness at night but the film does not so a faint aurora might not appear very colorful visually. I used a home-built 6x9 medium format camera with a 98mm f1.4 lens and Kodak E100G film for this 8-second exposure.

Solar Spike Feb. 4, 2010

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Fri Feb 5 19:59:01 2010 UTC

Ice crystals in the air are responsible for this solar spike that was seen over the setting sun across Cook Inlet as viewed from near Homer, Alaska on the evening of February 4, 2010. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Mount St. Augustine and Fata Morganna

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Fri Feb 5 19:59:01 2010 UTC

A layer of warm air over cold air creats a type of lensing effect known as fata morganna. In this type of mirage distant features are seen to be streached vertically. The distant volcano island of Mount St. Augustine normally has gentle slopes when seen in profile but here they are distorted into impossible cliff faces as seen from near Homer, Alaska on January 31, 2010. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Moonset over the Aleutian Range

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Fri Feb 5 19:59:01 2010 UTC

After another bright moonlit night our moon, now just past full, heads towards the western horizon as seen from near Homer, Alaska on the morning of January 31, 2010. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

January Sunset Over Kamishak Bay

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Fri Feb 5 19:37:01 2010 UTC

Even though the aurora has been somewhat elusive from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, the skies have been full of color. This sunset was on January 30 and is taken from near Homer, Alaska looking SW toward Distant Mount Douglas /Four-Peaked Volcanos on the left and Mount St. Augustine Volcano on the right. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Solstice Sun Rays

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Sat Dec 26 20:44:01 2009 UTC

The December solstice was at 8:47 a.m. Alaska time on the 21st but our shortest day actually fell on the 22nd. This image is looking south from near Homer, Alaska around local noon. We almost got to see the sun on this short day but had to settle for some beautiful crepuscular rays as it was being a little shy and never fully emerged from the clouds. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Lenticular Sunrise

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Dec 9 22:14:01 2009 UTC

Lenticular clouds are seen above the Kenai Mountains on the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula as viewed from near Homer, Alaska on this December 6, 2009 morning. These couds are formed by strong winds rising up over the mountains. Dutch Harbor had reported 100 mile an hour winds the day before with damage to roofs and other objects but we are glad to report that the winds never materialized at our location. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Mammatus at Sunrise

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Dec 9 21:50:01 2009 UTC

The sunrise was no less than spectacular on the morning of December 6, 2009. There were many interesting cloud formations catching the early light of a rising sun. Here we see an example of mammatus in the southern sky over Homer, Alaska. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

"Aurora Dawn"

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Tue Sep 1 20:24:01 2009 UTC



Solar cycle 23 began in June of 1996 and was already well under way when I took this image 11 years ago on August 26, 1998 from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. We were already having large sunspots accompanied by major flares and it only got better and better. It would be nice for the current cycle 24 to be in a similar part of its cycle but the slowest solar minimum in 100 years continues as of this writing. It seems that there is plenty of time lately to reflect on past auroras and dig through the acrhives for these gems. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

NLCs above Redoubt Volcano

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Fri Aug 7 18:31:01 2009 UTC

This is one of the last images before our early dawn completely erased the night-shining clouds. It is looking NNW towards Redoubt Volcano which is seen smoking in the distance at lower left center. This image was taken at 4:40 a.m. ADT from near Homer, Alaska on August 7, 2009. Copyright(c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

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