The Aurora Borealis from Kent – 6th November 2023

The Aurora Borealis from Reculver, Kent


A month or so ago, I finally managed to capture something I’ve been wanting to get for years.  This is an image of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, taken at Reculver, on the North Kent coast.  It’s a phenomenon that occurs when particles from the sun interact with the Earth’s magnetic field and produce a shimmering glow high in the atmosphere.  Aurora are fairly rare as far south as Kent, and are usually confined to more northern climes, such as Iceland, and northern Scandinavia (in Europe at least).  During times of high activity on the sun, it becomes more likely that aurorae will be visible further south, and this is what’s happened in recent weeks.   This is a 30s exposure oat ISO 800 on a Fujifilm X-T3 at 18mm.   It’s not the best shot I could have hoped for, as it’s unfortunately obscured fairly extensively by clouds. About 30mins before this, the display was apparently absolutely spectacular.  However, to get anything at all is a win!

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