A dazzling treat for photographers: Solar storm lights up Vancouver night skies
Photographers and night sky watchers were in for a treat over the weekend, as a rare geomagnetic solar storm offered a spectacular display of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights.
SpaceWeather.com said the lights – with shades of pink, purple, and green – were a result of a coronal mass ejection (CME) hitting the earth’s magnetic field.
The dazzling light show was nearly missed by Vancouver photographer Andrew Lawrence. He said he had gotten alerts of the strong aurora forecasts on his phone but ignored them, thinking that it would be rare to see the lights over Vancouver because of light pollution.
But when he was at Kitsilano Beach taking photos of the sunset, he managed to capture the green glow of the aurora.
“I was about to pack up and in the last photo I had planned to shoot I noticed a green glow. Needless to say the night’s plan quickly changed,” he said.
“Yesterday turned out much different than I had planned and the photos and time lapse I managed to get last night nearly didn’t happen,” he added.
Over on Instagram, Lawrence shared a frame of a time lapse he took from his night photo excursion.
“The aurora ‘wrapping itself’ around Vancouver during a spectacular solar event last night!” he wrote in his caption.