Astrophotography by Philipp Salzgeber

 

 

Philipp
Salzgeber

Wolfurt / Austria

Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis visible from Austria
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Aurora Borealis in Austria

Auroral Displays are a rare sight in Wolfurt/Austria. Only during solar maximum flares are strong enoufht to produce the powerful explosions, leadimg to huge geomagnetic storms which can trigger auroral activity at middle latitudes.

Thanks to up-to-date information about the state of the interplanetary magnetic field, the solar wind and Earths magnetic field Auroras can be predicted quite good on a short-term basis. ( http://www.meteoros.de/polar/polwarn.htm, www.spacew.com )

On October 21. and 23. I was lucky at last and saw and photographed my first aurora in central Europe (I have seen auroras from Iceland).


Since the geomagnetic pole is shifted towards Canada. Auroras are not as common in Europe as in Canada and the US.

My geographic latitude is about 47°, but the geomagnetic latitude is only 41°


 


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