An odd set of reports started showing up on my newsfeed yesterday morning… they claimed that because of a solar flare on Thursday, there was going to be increased magnetic activity in the atmosphere, and because of the angle of the solar flare, many areas in the United States might be able to see the Northern Lights. Luckily enough, New Jersey was actually on the list of one of the best areas to view it! My sister, mom and I made plans to be at the beach at sunset. We figured looking out into the ocean, where there is very little light pollution would give us a better shot of seeing the Northern Lights. Unfortunately, we never got to see them. According to reports, they never descended southward to where we could see them during the nighttime hours (although, I hear there’s a chance we could see them again tomorrow night!)
It was not a wasted night though, since I was set up with my camera and tripod anyway, I decided to try some star trails photography, and for the hour that we sat on the beach, I took continuous thirty-second exposures. I then stacked them into a program called StarStaX (that is, after I cloned out the airplane lights from nearly every. single. one. of. my. 100. photos…).