Karma and Joy

By: LeRoy Zimmerman


Region: Polar Regions

Site: Fairbanks - Alaska - USA

Date: 2010 April 5

A bright meteor and dancing lights of aurora as seen above Alaska. Aurora, which is mostly seen from polar latitudes and also known as northern or southern lights, is produced by the collision of charged particles from Earth's magnetosphere, mostly electrons but also protons and heavier particles, with atoms and molecules of Earth's atmosphere (at altitudes above 80 km). The particles originate from the Sun and reach the Earth in the stream of solar wind. from the photographer: "The evening of April 5th, 2010, and it was just after 11:00pm, just north of Fairbanks, Alaska. The auroras were finally returning to activity after a very, very long quiet period. It was good to be back out shooting again. Even 'warm' that evening, with the temperature only a few degrees below freezing. Springtime auroras. Not much darkness left in the arctic anymore that time of year. It was just after twilight that evening, and to have a meteor streak in while my shutter was only open for 6 seconds at at time, plus right in my field of view, was extremely lucky! Or perhaps it could be karma, an event that was supposed to happen when it did. Standing there in the dark and seeing that brief flash of light, then hearing the shutter close brought a rush of 'wow' that filled me instantly. Maybe I got it! Then checking that shot on the camera's view screen and discovering that brief flash of light was now captured forever, brought a wonderful sense of joy. Karma and joy, all wrapped up in one shot. What was so special about that night that it was the evening of my twin daughter's 40th birthday. What a wonderful gift! And their names? Karma and Joy."

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