Aurora, Maybe

Well, Monday night, I was preparing to go hopefully visualize the Aurora. Since the Alaskan, Geophysical Institute has reported the Aurora forecast as a level 7 until Monday evening. Because I checked before leaving the house, and the level dropped to a level 3. So, cancel that trip. The Aurora level for Tuesday night through Thursday is reported a level 5, which gives a chance of seeing it around the Boston area, low on the horizon.

My son and I on Tuesday evening traveled down to Long Point Causeway in Lakeville and started photographing the night sky. The sky started out clear and bright, the stars and constellations were visible even with the light from the Island Terrace Nursing home.

As I looked at the sky, my eyes could not pick up any Aurora. After downloading the images. It appeared that the camera did get some Aurora, the only problem was that my shutter speed was too low. I stacked 63 images using StarStaX, which is a free download http://www.markus-enzweiler.de/software/software.html and gave me a picture with star trails around Polaris, many airplane trails and a possibility of a faint Aurora just above the trees.

Stars and plane trails, looking north, with a possible Aurora just over the tree line
Stars and plane trails, looking north, with a possible Aurora just over the tree line

I also took pictures of the Big Dipper, Polaris, and Orion along with a scenic of clouds moving in.

Big Dipper and Polaris
Big Dipper and Polaris
Big Dipper and Polaris
Big Dipper and Polaris
Orion
Orion
Incoming clouds in the night sky on the West
Incoming clouds in the night sky on the West

Right now, the Aurora alert level is 5 in the hourly forecast for tonight is partly cloudy. So hopefully another try to capture the Aurora.

I want to wish a happy Thanksgiving to everyone.