The Dunes Aurora

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So there's a newly named auroral phenomena that's hit the streets. It's a very very rare auroral occurrence that has only been documented by a handful of citizen scientists and I am lucky enough to have been able to have captured it as well. I am an avid aurora and storm photographer and time-lapse film maker based in Calgary, Alberta. Ive been shooting auroras since around 2012. In all my time shooting lights I have only seen and captured this phenomena once. I shot this footage on a rather chilly winters night between 9:30pm and midnight MST on December 20th, (4:30 - 7:00 UTC) 2015. I realized that I had stumbled across something special that night and contacted some aurora scientists to try figure out what the phenomena was. The Finns call it "The Dunes†. I wasn’t actually aware that there were sighting in Scandinavia until this week. According to researchers, the dunes emerge at an altitude of about 100 kilometres (62 miles), in the upper reaches of the mesosphere, and visible simultaneously from different locations in Finland and Sweden. (Excerpt by Peter Dockrill at Its a wonderful experience capturing something so rare, and I’m glad that the dunes is getting the attention it deserves.
Taken By
Stuart Milliner
Taken On
January 31, 2020
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  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Focal: 15
  • Lens Model: EF15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
  • Shutter speed: 5 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 2.8

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