First, and perhaps most importantly, check out spaceweather.com. Looks like a decent chance of aurora tonight, so if you live in a northern latitude, keep your eyes on the sky for the next few days! If it stays clear I think Tito and I will head north tonight. Perhaps we’ll luck out again like we did with this gem:
Secondly – there was a stunning halo around the moon last night here in Toronto. Did anyone else catch this beauty?
Here’s what wikipedia has to say about moon halos:
A halo from Greek ἅλως; also known as a nimbus, icebow or gloriole) is an optical phenomenon produced by ice crystals creating colored or white arcs and spots in the sky. Many are near the sun or moon but others are elsewhere and even in the opposite part of the sky. They can also form around artificial lights in very cold weather when ice crystals called diamond dust are floating in the nearby air.
Pretty cool, huh?
Thirdly, I had the silliest nightmare. I dreamt that Tito and I were out on the town without my camera. I looked up and there was the CN tower, during the blue hour, with the milky way glowing behind it, and the northern lights on the horizon. I panicked and needed to run home and get my camera but thing after silly thing prevented me from getting there before the entire phenomenon had faded away. I even woke up mad.
To make myself feel better I photoshopped together an image of what my dream might have looked like in the impossible event of
- blue hour
- big city
- milky way
- northern lights
… all showing up at once!
Enjoy the skies for the next few days! Looks like there might be some great shots out there just waiting for an intrepid photographer :)