At the top center of this photograph, you can see stars in the constellation Corona Borealis (the Northern Crown) shining through the Aurora Borealis. The Northern Crown provides a fine backdrop for the Northern Lights! This circlet of 3rd and 4th magnitude stars actually resembles a crown.
In the right center of the photo, above the thin green curtain at the bottom of the photo, you can see stars in the constellation Serpens Caput. The triangle is the head of the serpent, formed by Beta Serpentis, Gamma Serpentis, and Kappa Serpentis. The large green aurora at the upper left of the photo is centered over the constellation Hercules. Zeta Herculis and Epsilon Herculis, forming the lower end of the keystone of Hercules, are visible through the bright aurora.
As beautiful as the aurora is, it does interfere with star gazing. But, hey! We can't have everything, you know. I wasn't complaining.
This shot was taken with a Nikon F2 35mm camera using Kodak Royal Gold 400 color print film.
March 1, 2003 at 1030 U.T.
Photo by Sid Leach
Chena Hot Springs, Alaska.
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