Last Tuesday was the Saint Patrick’s day. I have been hanging out with friend in the famous Irish pub Mad Murphy’s in Tallinn. People talking loudly, listening Irish music and drinking good beers, all being dressed in green. I wasn’t aware of the what extremely rare phenomena was happening outside.
Update : I finally managed to have proper photos of them some months after: watch the photos here!
How to miss the perfect occasion!?
I usually check my notifications about the solar activity and the probabilities of northern lights around the world (find them on Facebook). But that night I did not, preferring to spend my evening with friends after work. It is only when I got to my bed that I heard of the news: a very strong solar winds projected particles toward hearth; resulting in incredible auroras see-able in the Baltic, and even in France!
I was very disappointed. My Facebook’s feed got flood with my friend’s pictures posing with the northern light, from Tallinn, Riga … I missed that. It is said that this intensity (Kp 8!) didn’t happen in the decade. I also read here and there that the sun would still blow a high level of particles the next day, and I decided to take my change for, why not, see northern lights for my first time.
Hopping for my luck
This night I took my bike after work and went to Paljassaare, a beach a little bit outside the city and « protected » from city lights. I stand there with my camera for two hours, hoping to see on my sensor some pretty greenish strips. The sky was clear and I could perfectly see the stars, so many stars! It was impossible to see with naked eyes any northern lights (thought intensity was Kp 6). My camera having a better sensibility has capture what I think to be aurora, far over the horizon to the north. It is here also not very easy to determine but I don’t see any other green lights over the sea in that direction.