The Great Aurora Display of 2024

After experiencing the 2001 and 2003 (more) aurora displays, I was always on alert when larger CMEs (Coronal masse ejections) were heading towards earth, but in the last 21 years I was not able to see another Aurora display at home. So I got pretty excited when huge sunspot AR 3664 sent some CMEs toward earth. When checking the aurora forecast in the afternoon, mid-latitude Auroras were deemed extremely likely, so I packed up some cameras and headed to a place with a good view towards the north.

Even before it became dark, the red streamers of the aurora became visible, and I immediately started to call some friends and relatives to alert them to the spectacle. When I got home I spent some more time watching the covering the whole northern half of the sky, and took some more images.

Images were taken with Nikon Z6 and D750 cameras and 20mm f/1.8, 35mm f/1.8 and 14-30mm f/4 lenses.

I created a timelapse montage using the images of the night:

The timelapse was also featured in the local TV news.