Polar Lights (Aurora Borealis)

May 10th -11th 2024, Maisach/Fuerstenfeldbruck, South Germany

Photographies by Thorsten Boeckel


Bows and light pillars

" kind of divine "

Polar lights, Aurora Borealis 10 - 11 May 2024, Germany, Europe, by Thorsten Boeckel

The full aurora arc over Bavaria

(Composite of four individual shots, Sony a73, 24mm f2, Iso 1600, exp 2sec, Sigma Art)


First Aurora ca. 20.30 UTC, (22:30 CEST, 10th of May)

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Almost after nearly 20 years waiting time there was finally a extreme polar sighting again in southern Bavaria (Very seldom in this southern lain areas). And this was really a great fantastic event. I would even classifythis aurora as extremely bright. Abouve all the beamers in all colours were noticable very intense. The strongest phase at 20:30 - 01:30 UTC with a very high KP Index of 9o*

In the foreground the village of Rottbach near Maisach

TIME LAPSE AURORA   

VIDEO 1 (the beginning)       VIDEO 2  


Second impact and brightest Aurora beginning ca. 22.30 UTC, (00:30 CEST,11th of May)

Change of colour

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TIME LAPSE AURORA

VIDEO 3         VIDEO 4

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A very bright 180° bow up to a height 50° (duration ca.15 min)


RAGDA - spots !

But what does it means? This is a very late discovered aurora phenomenon. Red Arc with Green Diffuse  Aurora. The seldom stunnig apperance offers pulsing green clouds in accordance of red arcs. It seems that you observe a fantastic celestial disco lighting which you can OBSERVE CLEARLY WITH THE NAKED EYE ( Video 5 ).

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TIME LAPSE RAGDA /AURORA        

VIDEO 5

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The colored pulsing sky in a wide angle objektiv. (Nikon Fisheye 10,5mm, 180°, f4, streched horizontal)

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VIDEO 6 (timelapse of 9 minutes, begin 00.44 CEST)        VIDEO 7 (timelapse of 12 minutes, begin 00.55 CEST)


Three hours in one minute, beginn 00.30 CEST

   

VIDEO 


The sky claw

And one special was shown at the southern sky behind us (height ca. 60°). It looks like a big claw wich wanted to crab me ...

A new observation rarity ?

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(Nikon Fisheye 10,5mm, 180°,  f4, streched horizontal)

TIME LAPSE ClAW / AURORA

VIDEO 8            VIDEO 9            VIDEO 10


Vertical colourful beamer nearly in same location of the "claw"

Polar lights, Aurora Borealis 10 - 11 May 2024, Germany, Europe, by Thorsten Boeckel 

The beamer have now a weak south - west alignment

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And the next aurora phenomen !

The SAR-Bow

Polar lights, Aurora Borealis 10 - 11 May 2024, Germany, Europe, by Thorsten Boeckel

And another seldom aurora phenomen appeared. A SAR (Stabile Aurora Red) bow which enveloped the whole polar light. May there ist also a second one. It was first discovered in 1954.


Third Aurora  ca. 00.10 UTC, (03:00 CEST,11th of May)

The last show

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Beamers shining through the beginning dawn

TIME LAPSE  AURORA   

VIDEO 11


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After 7 hours foto stress :-) relaxing in the twilight.

No Video ;-)


Aurora (weak visual) in the next evening ca. 20.30 UTC, ( 22:30 CEST, 11th of May )

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Datas of the polar lights 10/11 May 2024

     

Trigger: X1.0-flare, as well as a series of other flares. G5 storm

24 hours aurora oval 

Source: NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center


 KP index*: Roughly speaking, auroras can already be observed visually from KP 5-6 (G1/2 storm) in northern Germany. At KP 7/8 (G3/4 storm) or above in southern Germany (Alps to southern Europe). Among other things, the density and speed of the flares or CME's (earth directed solar mass ejection forms) or corona holes are relevant parameters for the strength of the solar storms and visual sightings. But the Bz value which definite the north- south  alignment of the earth magnetic field (May 24, Bz-50nT) is the most important factor. If this Bz value is to weak, the protons can't invade in the earth magnetic field. By the way, the glowing phenomenon is triggered by animated nitrogen atoms. Up to 100 km green, 100-200 km red and above purple.



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