The great Aurora Borealis night of September 7 2017 – part 1

Finally I am back writing the blog. So much has happened in the past weeks, but one night stood out above all others. The Aurora Borealis night of September 7th as a result of a big solar flare. I’ll start right after I address the readers in German and Finnish.

German flag Endlich bin ich wieder am Blog schreiben. In den letzten Wochen ist viel passiert, aber eine Nacht war etwas ganz besonderes. Die Polarlichtnacht vom 7. September. Ich schreibe diesen Blogeintrag unten in Englisch. Falls Ihr Fragen habt, schreibt gerne einen Kommentar.

Vihdoin jatkan kirjoittamaan blogini. Viime viikoilla paljon tapahtui mutta yksi yö oli värikkämpi kun kaikki muut. Revontuliyö syyskuun 7:s. Kirjoitan tällä kertaa englanniksi. Jos sinulla on kysymyksiä, ole hyvä ja kirjoita kommentti.

It began one day earlier..

..on the sun. A massive X9.3 solar flare errupted on September 6th, 2017 – the strongest flare in over ten years. Charged sun particles where ‘thrown’ into space and traveled towards Earth. A strong geomagnetic storm was predicted which would usually bring a great show of aurora borealis. But when exactly would the show start?

During that same week I was scouting out locations in Lapland for the new aurora autumn tour 2018. I love the idea of chasing colors on the ground in daytime and colors in the sky during night. When I read about the huge flare I was both excited and skeptical. A few times huge flares gave me hope and put me in aurora-mania-mode. I drove hundreds of kilometers only to wait through the night with nothing happening in the skies. Sometimes the predicted aurora storm was late or missed Earth completely. Or it would hit during daytime and the best part of the show was invisible.

Looking at the weather forecast..

..and potential locations, I made my North from Muonio, where I had spent the previous nights. Once I arrived at my next accomodation, I had a quick dinner, change of clothes, packing the gear and off I was again.

At the lake shore I found a nice spot with some rocks in the water and an open view with clear skies around 22.20 hrs. It was still a bit too bright for the aurora, but a short while later, the first signs of the aurora borealis were in the sky. Can you see it?

Before the darkness, no aurora borealis yet
First tiny northern lights above the twilight

As it became darker, more and more northern lights were revealed- both in the sky and on the water surface.

Double aurora above and in the lake
A corona unfolding up in the sky

During the next hours..

..Northern lights danced in the sky, graciously slow and madly fast. Although it was great, this was not the big show quite yet. At 01.00 most activity was gone but I waited for 30 more minutes. Not much happened and I figured the geomagnetic storm would hit another night. So I made my way back to the car looking forward to a decent amount of sleep.

Just before 02.00 I packed my gear away and started the car. One more look at the webcams, nothing exciting happening. One more look at spaceweather.com and I read, the CME (that plasma cloud from the sun) is due to arrive anytime now!!

To be continued…

For any comments and feedback, I’d be thankful. You can write a comment below or use the contact form for any questions regarding tours, etc.

Mirror northern lights
Wonderful aurora reflections

14 Comments

  1. Janina 18/09/2017 at 17:54 - Reply

    to be continued… 🙂 looking forward to hearing and see more!!! THANKS!

    • admin 18/09/2017 at 18:12 - Reply

      Glad you enjoyed it, Janina 🙂 I’m pretty sure the word mind-blowing sums up the next part 🙂 Have a lovely day

  2. Marjo Slingerland-Boks 18/09/2017 at 18:53 - Reply

    What a fantastic blog and suds a beautiful pictures Thomas 🙂

    • admin 19/09/2017 at 07:06 - Reply

      Thanks, Marjo, happy you like it. Have a nice day 🙂

  3. Francesco 18/09/2017 at 19:26 - Reply

    love it !

    • admin 19/09/2017 at 07:06 - Reply

      Thanks, Francesco, danke dir 🙂 Viele Grüsse

  4. micheál 18/09/2017 at 20:17 - Reply

    Enjoyed that mo chara, will be waiting for part Two

    • admin 19/09/2017 at 07:07 - Reply

      Glad to hear, Micheál. Part two is in the making, so to say.

  5. Jan 18/09/2017 at 22:54 - Reply

    Looking forward to the next instalment. You always capture amazing shots of the aurora

    • admin 19/09/2017 at 07:08 - Reply

      Thanks for the kind words, Jan. Auroras are definitely my passion 🙂 Have a wonderful day

  6. Kathy 19/09/2017 at 03:15 - Reply

    So looking forward to part 2….such a beautiful evening on the water & sky!

    • admin 19/09/2017 at 07:11 - Reply

      It surely was, Kathy. The aurora borealis was great and I would have been happily gone back to sleep with these photos in my pocket. Have a great day!

  7. Frank 20/09/2017 at 19:11 - Reply

    Reading your Blog and enjoying your beautiful photos saved my day. Can’ t wait to find out more details about this unique experience. Wish I could have been there.

    • admin 21/09/2017 at 07:31 - Reply

      Glad to hear the photos helped you, Frank! It was really something and I’m sure you will enjoy the next photos as well. You would have loved it under the skies!

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