Last night was like most nights here. It got dark, and my phone notified me that it was kp6 outside. (For those of you that don’t know what this means, basically the kp number system is a scale of geomagnetic activity aka northern lights forecast)
Usually, there’s nothing much to see here in Bergen, and after many previous disappointing late night treks with my camera, I decided not to bother perusing it.
A few hours later, Bjørnar showed me an online news article from BT (Bergens Tidende) showing many photos of the beautiful northern lights taken all over Bergen that people had submitted throughout the late hours of the evening. So, off we went with my camera and tripod to the dark football field behind HiB in Kronstad. Unforunately for us, there was far too much light pollution and we didn’t catch a glimpse of anything. We decided to give it up as a bad job and return home shortly after midnight.
Upon returning, I saw more photographs emerging along with comments from people on social media stating they had also just seen the beautiful light show across the skies. Determined to see something, we set back out with my camera and headed to another location; Møllendalsveien. Upon arrival, we immediately saw a faint, green haze dance slowly above us! We stayed there for an hour, appreciating the beautiful light before returning home once more.
I was able to capture a few shots, but next time we need to find a location with less light pollution as this hindered the vibrance of the aurora. Perhaps I’ll be setting off on mission number 3 this evening!
For live kp updates, I use the following site: http://www.aurora-service.eu/
and I use this android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.beebeetle.auroranotifier&hl=en