Hello! @kane_hartill_photographics here from New Zealand... this is my last Universe Today IG takeover share, hope you've enjoyed my set for the day... "Ultra Violet"
The full swathe of the Milky Way galaxy rising above the ruins of the historic Onekaka wharf. The galactic core is in the zodiacal spotlight there a bit, fairly bright beside the "massive" glow of Takaka village CBD.
I went out this night reasonably spur of the moment, to give a few tips to a local high school student who had mentioned he was going there at 3am. We were absorbed in the techiness swapping cameras and SD cards, trying different settings when centre stage we had this outrageous cameo appearance of rare "blue ray" aurora! We pretty much never get to visually see aurora here in the far north! Locals regale us with tales of March 2001 when a good aurora emptied the Mussel Inn halfway through a Folk gig... must have been a solar maximum back then. The only time I'd seen it prior was in 1993 was when I saw an Icelandic style bright green picket fence dancing above Cloudy Peak, at about Christchurch city latitude.
The 'blue rays' are a result of the ionisation extending beyond Earths shadow, becoming "bleached" by direct sunlight... an effect that occurs toward astronomical twilight, the zodiacal light here indicating the impending sunrise. (correct?) I caught this mosaic image via a Nikon D750 mounted to a Samyang 24mm/1.4 at iso 10000/ƒ2.8/15sec. . The long beam on the left reached up to about 45-50 deg and looked really striking just by eye. For this lens it generally takes three rows of eight shots to produce this just over 180 degrees wide view when the planar Milky Way is arcing pretty much straight over head. Often difficult to put together as a flat projection like this!
Hearty thanks to @universetoday for this shaft of limelight! I hope you all enjoyed my imagery, if so don't be shy about following my feed! .
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