Thursday, August 5, 2010

Watching for Northern Lights from Prospect Point


According to astronomers, tonight we have a once-in-11-year opportunity to view the aurora borealis from as far south as Canada's borders and parts of northern USA. That's definitely worth capturing on film!

So I'm camping out tonight at Prospect Point in Stanley Park, hoping to catch a once-in-a-lifetime view of the rare phenomenon this far south. Here are my mountain-top hourly observations, posted in reverse chronological order:

[4:30am: Zzzz]

3:30am - Still no lights in the sky. Local raccoons make a meal of the garbage cans, maybe aurora borealis is on a diet too:



2:30am video - still nothing but man-made lights and a black sky above:

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1:30am video - still no lights in Vancouver's north sky:

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12:30am - no aurora borealis visible yet:



4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I couldnt see them either in Van...

bulletproofcourier said...

I'm still on the job here, camping out on Prospect Point tonight. Stay tuned for my 3:30am update! :)

Dan said...

i gave up.. apparently SFU would be a good place to watch from because of the elevation and lack of building lights..

bulletproofcourier said...

It was a boondoggle! An article I found later said we actually had only a 20% chance of seeing the Northern Lights this far south. :(