Aurora Borealis – October 6, 2015 – Planetary Alignment!

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I woke up early to photograph a cool planetary alignment of Venus, Mars, and Jupiter with a quarter moon. I lucked out because the aurora was still going strong at 4:30 am! We were also fortunate enough to have clear skies, something that was not too common last autumn.

Aurora borealis and the moon over a silhouetted forest
I had to wait about an hour for the planets to rise high enough above the horizon.
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Twilight started to take over the sky, but not before we got an awesome view of 3 planets and our moon!

Alignment of the moon, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter
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Alignment of Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Moon with Aurora Borealis
Alignment of Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Moon with Aurora Borealis

The following evening we were greeted by the northern lights once again. It was a short-lived, but still an awesome display!

Aurora borealis over boreal forest

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