Wow. Wow. The most stunning auroras I have ever seen were last night’s northern lights over Sweden. This kind of activity and fast-moving corona is not common so I was glad I stayed up late waiting.
The video below, which is a 3.5-minute long, was made last night. It shows the northern lights live. You can see that the activity in corona is very fast. It looks amazing to actually see something like this.

The conditions were perfect. The temperature was only a few degrees lower than zero and there was virtually no wind. Although the moonlight was perhaps a little too strong, it did help to lighten up the landscape.

Nighttime Aurora Photography

My family and some of my friends went with me to the beach at 7:30pm. We had a great time watching the solar wind’s first appearance.

It started off quite well, but it became quiet after about an hour. Everyone except me returned home. I decided to wait to see if the promising forecast would bring something better.

While I waited for the sun to return, I searched for an interesting spot and found it in Ostersund’s city ski slope. I noticed that the lights had been turned off, so I used the opportunity to have a great view of the city.

I was also able to see the beautiful and colorful lunar corona. I also saw a faint lunar glow for a brief time. There were many things happening on this night.

A Night to Remember

This was a memorable night with some of the most beautiful northern lights I have ever seen. These nights are what keep astrophotographers out at night, waiting for the perfect moment.

For filming the aurora in live-time and still photos, I used the Nikon Z6 II with Nikon Z 20mm f/1.8 S and the Nikon Z9 with Nikon Z 58mm f/0.95Noct. A Leofoto LM-323C tripod and the NB-40 ballhead was also part of my camera equipment.

The forecasts are positive for aurora shooting and viewing in the coming days. Make sure to check your local reports. If you live in an area that can see the northern or southern lights, keep an eye out for the sky to the northwest.

The best time to see the northern lights is around the spring equinox. Keep your fingers crossed for more nights like the last night!