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Do the "Northern Lights" or Aurora Borealis raelly look like these pics?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by cbbr, Jan 22, 2006.

  1. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Or is more of the "can't be seen by human eyes but we can make it look like this with special filters" photography?

    http://www.photon-echoes.com/sunspot696.htm


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    I live in a location that we see them pretty often, I admit these look really intense, but yes they do look like this, what you can not see here is how they move and dance across the sky. It is totally awesome.
     
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    those are some cool pics!
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Yep, I have to put the Northern Lights on my must see list. Looks very cool in the pics.
     
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    The first time you see them is pretty intense. It is really amazing. I'd heard a lot about them but never quite imagined how cool it would look.
     
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    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    We get them all the time up here, too. I've never seen them THAT intensely colored, though. Most of the ones I see are bluish or greenish but, yeah, their movements are awesome.
     
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    Never seen the northern lihgts but I did see the Southern Lights off the side of a destroyer in '98. They looked pretty much like that
     
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    Yes. I've seen them and they look very much like that even here in Montana. Though, those pics are probably taken in Alaska where it's even more intense and shows up better in pictures.
     
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    That was Subic Bay and those were taxis.......:D
     
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    Living where I do, and being part of my dad's huntcamp I've seen the northern lights more times than most will ever see. I've seen them look almost identical to some of those pictures, and also compleatly different.

    Its truly breath taking to see just the lights in the sky, but on colder nights in early winter / late fall then they are really active, its absolutly the most powerful thing you can see.


    I've seen a good show compleatly silence a hunt camp of 20+ drunken hunters.


    Something everyone needs to see once.
     
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    I've never seen them that variably colored. Like others said most of them I've seen are just blue-green. It's awesome to see them though, I can't even begin to describe what a sight it is.

    Hijack: Broc944, where in MN are you at?
     
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    Head about 8 hours north of Edmonton, and yes, they are that intense / colorful!

    And yes, if you are way out in the bush, and it is very quiet, you can hear them too. They make a very small tinkling type sound.

    Up north they get bright enough that the whole area around you changes colors with them -- And yes, it is a very intense, spiritual feeling to be in that kind of a show of nature :)
     
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    :haha::haha:$hit river
     
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    Yeah forgot to meantion that. Drives most dogs mad. If you are in the bush in a tent, and your dog starts to freakout. check the sky.
     
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    North of Brainerd, between Pine River and Longville.
     
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    i had seen them for the first time up in Canada a few years ago.

    by the time i ran into the cabin to get the digi they were gone when i got out.
     
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    They are powerful and you sure can hear them. I've seen them here in Calgary only a couple times and working up north was good. They do look different all the time.
     
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    I see them all the time up here. But that is an exceptional show. I have unpluged the light on my sled and been able to ride by the northern lights before. Usually, the farther north you go the better they get.
     
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    I seen em once on a backbacking trip in BC... I couldn't believe plus being at almost 7K you felt you could touch em.
     

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