Behind the Image:
On the first day of March 2013, after a busy day, I was just about to sit down to dinner when I noticed via the web that a Solar wind had arrived at Earth making for favourable Aurora conditions. I wolfed down my dinner down and took a quick look at the weather radar on the web. It didn’t look good! However, I decided to take and chance and head to the coast. I knew a place on the west coast that I thought had great potential for Earth and sky shots so at 19:00 I pointed the Car west and drove!
Upon arrival at 20:30 I was star struck when I stepped out of the car! The bright and brilliant stars of the Milky Way blazed overhead, a faint Aurora display was in progress to the north and the elusive Zodiacal Light shone intensely extending skyward form the western horizon. I look a few minutes to take in all and then I sprang into action with my camera and tripod. Although the air was moist the skies stayed clear for the next two and half hours. I enjoyed a peaceful yet invigorating night soaking in the celestial light and listening to the sounds of the ocean under an inky black sky.
In the Image:
In the above image I capture three delights of a dark sky. Zodiacal Light, sunlight scattered interplanetary dust, can be seen extending up from the western horizon. It is seen as a faint triangular cone of light and is very faint so the presence of the Moon or light pollution would have rendered it invisible. The dense star clouds of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, extend through the centre of the image while the Aurora Borealis dances low on the Northern horizon in the right of the image.
Date: 01 March 2013
Location: Cruit Island, Donegal, Ireland.
Equipment: Canon 1000D, Sigma 20mm F1.8 Lens, Fixed Tripod.
Exposure: Four panels of 30sec, ISO 1600, F2.2 exposures.