The Northern Lights visiting the temperate zone...
few times during the maximum of the 11year solar cycle are
auroras visible as far south as Austria.
I had seen the auroral display on October 21st, I was anxious
to see more. Luckily another interplanetary shock wave hit
the Earth only two days later. After having a look at the
spaceweather - forecast I drove up to a relatively dark
site and waited for two hours for the show to happen.
I quit at about 23:10. Arriving at home I found out that
I have missed a strong auroral display at 23:15. Since the
geomagnetic storm was still raging, I took a look outside
and saw a faint red curtain across the northern sky. I rushed
to the car to get back up in the mountains.
There I waited for another 45 minutes, but to no avail.
I saw some nice meteors, Orion rising but I could never
convince myself that I REALLY saw a hint of red due north.
But when I got the film back from the lab. I was quite surprised!
The camera HAD recorded an Aurora. For the picture above
I mosaicked two single images.
The Constellation Big Dipper (Ursa Major) is visible at
in the left part of the image.