Aurora Page
by Katja Gottschewski

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Aurora 31.03.2002
© Katja Gottschewski, 2002

In September 1999, I moved from Germany to Bodø, Northern Norway. Since then, I have been very keen on the aurora, which I had never seen before. I had read about the phenomenon, but didn't know much more than that it existed. I could never have imagined something so fantastic! I was surprised that it was so big, and that it often moved so quickly. And it never gets boring: There are endless variations of form and colour.

After a while, I wanted to take pictures of the aurora. I also began to search the internet for information on the aurora, and found out what I needed to take pictures of it. In summer 2000, I bought an SLR camera, a Minolta Dynax 505si which I like. I also bought a tripod, and then I could get started.

During summer, it does not get dark up here, so the aurora is not visible. The aurora season starts at the end of August or beginning of September and lasts until the end of April. To see the pictures of the first aurora season during which I took pictures, follow this link:
Aurora Autumn 2000 - Spring 2001

During the next season, which started in September 2001, I did not only get more experience, but also two new lenses. I could also rent a cottage on the Rønvikfjell and spent some auroral nights there.
Aurora Autumn 2001 - Spring 2002

Another good aurora season - especially October was great:
Aurora Autumn 2002 - Spring 2003

My newest pictures are not on my homepage yet, but you can find some of them at my gallery at the Solar Terrestrial Dispatch:
My Gallery

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