I have been very lucky this week to witness several spectacular showings of the Aurora Borealis. The northern lights are the result of solar gases hitting the atmosphere (ok, that's the overly simplified science) and aurora activity can be forecasted several days in advance by monitoring solar winds. For the layman, scientists use the KP scale to describe the intensity, with 1 being weakest and KP9 being the best. Before this week I had only ever seen KP2/3 showings, which are most common and still pretty spectacular. But this week we had two nights of high intensity activity registering KP5! In the photos it's hard to tell the difference, but it's very obvious to us. I used exposures of 10+ seconds with KP2-3 storms and have been shooting this week at 4 seconds! It's incredibly bright and fast moving, so every photo is really different- so choosing which to share is even harder. Taken with the @leica_camera SL and 21mm lens. #adventure #leicasl #leica #travel #travelphotography #northernlights #aurora #auroraborealis #night #kp5 #optoutside #winter #finland #wanderlust #photooftheday #landscapephotography @leicauk @harriniva_official @the_aurora_zone
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