I missed the Northern lights in Estonia

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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.

Paljassaare at night

Paljassaare at night

Northern lights on the Baltic Sea

Northern lights on the Baltic Sea

Northen lights in Tallinn

Northen lights in Tallinn

Clear sky with stars

Clear sky with stars

Guillaume Speurt

Guillaume Speurt

French settled in Estonia, I have spent my last years in the Baltic States. I love photography and travelling in Eastern and Central Europe, I write this blog to relate my experiences.
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