Photographing the northern lights

It’s cloudy in a great part of Minnesota today, which could deny us the opportunity for one of the most spectacular skyward moments — the northern lights.

A geomagnetic storm began yesterday when a Coronal Mass Ejection collided with Earth’s magnetic field.

Greater Minnesota gets all the bragging rights. With no clouds, and no light pollution — especially in northern Minnesota — it’s already been a great show. MPR’s Updraft blog has a photo from Grand Portage.

Here’s a video uploaded from last night’s display in Norway:

Northern Lights Timelapse 26.09.2011 Norway from Julius Jahre Sætre on Vimeo.

If you can get a good photograph of the northern lights in this part of the world tonight, we’d love to look at it.

Here’s a tutorial on how to photograph them.