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The Auroras of 2023

Updated: Jan 18

Wow, what a year 2023 was for aurora hunting! We started off strong with shows in February and March, then ended strong again in November and December.

That 1st of December was the brightest show of the year with colour and beams visible to the naked eye.

We are fast approaching solar maximum and although some are predicting for this maximum to be modest, I think given the incredible displays we saw in the lead up we can all expect some excitement in 2024.

If you would like to try capturing the aurora for yourself you can read my Beginners Guide to Astrophotography which has a section on aurora.

16th February

Herron Point

27th February

Island Point Reserve

23rd March

Lake Clifton

5th November

Island Point Reserve

1st December

Lake Brockman

17th December

Lake Clifton Winery

I think this year was summed up pretty nicely by my youngest daughter.

Little V asked her nanny "have you seen the Southern Lights, Nanny?"

Nanny responded "Yes, I have. Have you?"

To which the four year old replied "of course".

To finish off, below is a photo of myself with my two daughters and a family friend, because the aurora should be for everyone. I take my girls out with me on school nights, and random little camp trips, because I want them to have a a deep appreciation for Mother Nature.

We needn't feel worried about being out in the dark, I find comfort in the familiar constellations and of course our Milky Way Core.

Want to take picture of the night sky yourself?

I have written this comprehensive yet simple and easy to follow Beginners Guide to Astrophotography to get you started. There is a section here about how to capture the aurora.

If you would prefer to be taught personally by an astro expert you an always attend an Astrophotography Workshop.

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