Northern Lights create sky show in parts of Western Washington

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by EVONNE BENEDICT / KING 5

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Posted on October 9, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 10 at 8:02 AM

Several KING viewers captured a rare showing of the Northern Lights in the Puget Sound area this week.

One of those viewers, Chris Teren, has spent several hours each night photographing the Aurora from a good vantage point in Roche Harbor on San Juan Island.  He shared his time lapse video from Monday night with us. 

Chris said he started  shooting and watching about 9:30 p.m. and stayed out until 1:45 a.m.

"I set up a Nikon D700 DSLR on a very sturdy triple with a 24-70 mm f2.8 Sigma lens, which I set at f3.5 and wide open at 24mm. I set the camera to take sequential photos with an 8 second exposure, and keep taking them as long as the memory card had room," he said.

The video he shared with us is approximately 450 images, animated at 15 frames per second to create the time-lapse.

The Northern Lights may be visible in some areas of Western Washington Tuesday night. You can view the Aurora track through NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center.

Chris has more Northern Lights photos and time lapses on his website, and on his Facebook page.

 

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