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Published on Nov 12, 2013
Flying on a Virgin Atlantic flight from London to New York when the aurora forecast was high, I balanced my camera on a rucksack and left it snapping away out the window ... what an amazing spectacle was to be seen! You can see some of the still pictures that formed this time-lapse here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pcw/sets...
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The aurora can be quite hard to spot, since the most sensitive parts of the eye only see in black and white (the "rods", as opposed to the "cones" which see colour). As it gets brighter, or as the surroundings get darker, the colours can become visible, particularly the greens. The camera is much better at picking out the reds and other colours. I learnt now to spot this amazing natural phenomenon by going on an "aurora hunting" expedition in Northern Finland, well inside the Arctic Circle. The trip was run by http://www.aurorahunters.org, and I highly recommend them.