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#180451 - 07/13/03 02:20 AM Lights of a different kind

This past Thursday night/ Friday morning, as I was driving south to Indianapolis I stopped to stretch my legs along I-65 north of Lafayette, IN. as I got out I looked to the north and thought to myself there's no city in that direction to light up the night sky, I watched for about 5 minutes before I was sure it was the northern lights, as all I could see was pale green light, but it kept getting lighter and dimmer so I knew it was the real thing. Fortunately I had one of my cameras with me, a tripod and some Kodak Max 400. I spent the next 45 minutes (3:15am to 4:00am) taking a whole roll of pictures. Almost all the pictures look very similar in color so I am only posting 2 of them. Part of the reason I couldn't belive it was an aurora at first was because I was so far south. The pictures are taken looking north over and across I-65 at exit 188 (about 15 miles north of Lafayette, IN.) the bridge is under construction and you can see some of that in the pictures. Also I didn't even notice that the big dipper is right in the middle of the aurora until I was cleaning up the images.

Nikon N65, 28-80mm lens @28mm 30 seconds F3.3

Nikon N65, 28-80mm lens @28mm 20 seconds F3.3

#180452 - 07/13/03 03:27 AM Re: Lights of a different kind
Mike Hershberger Offline

Registered: 11/09/02
Posts: 183
Loc: Elkhart, IN
Wow, I didn't think the aurora was visible that far south either. It's lucky you had the camera with you.
Mike Hershberger

#180453 - 07/13/03 04:01 AM Re: Lights of a different kind
WisKeeper Offline
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Registered: 12/31/69
Posts: 1290
Loc: Madison, Wisconsin USA
Very Cool! It was lucky you had your camera!
Suzanne Murphy
President, Wisconsin Lighthouse District (WILD)

#180454 - 07/15/03 03:01 AM Re: Lights of a different kind
Mac Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/07/03
Posts: 29
Loc: Brighton, Michigan
Nice pictures. I have lived in MI for 12 years and have never seen the northern lights. Maybe one day.
Ron and Gwyn McClintock

#180455 - 07/22/03 11:31 PM Re: Lights of a different kind
Bud Schrader Offline

Registered: 12/16/01
Posts: 467
Loc: Lancaster Ohio, U.S.A.
Mark, I've heard you can see them pretty far south- I've never seen them, however. What a great opportunity!


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