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How to Experience and Photograph the Aurora Borealis

Date: June 14, 2024
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

with mary & les anderson

Over the next 1-2 years, Earth will experience the peak of the 11-year solar sunspot cycle. This will greatly increase the frequency and magnitude of Auroras on Earth. If seeing and photographing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) is on your bucket list, which it should be, now is the time to capture it! Our workshop will provide you with an understanding of what is involved in planning your trip including locations, timing, gear, settings, and forecasting sources. Even if you can’t make it to the far north for better odds, you should prepare yourself for when strong Aurora activity slides down into the continental USA, as it has done recently. The same techniques we teach will also help you with other dark sky phenomenon capture. Let us share our experience with you.

Les and Mary have been photography enthusiasts for decades and met on a SDSU photo field trip to Yosemite in 1990. While nature photography is their primary interest, their passion involves sky phenomenon, especially eclipses. They have been photographing total solar eclipses all over the world, as well as auroras and night skies.

Les and Mary taught ~3000 people how to safely view and photograph the April 8 eclipse through multiple webinars and in-person workshops. They have seen 16 total solar and 4 annular solar eclipses with images being published in Discover and Astronomy Magazines.

Les is a retired U.S. Navy scientist and Mary is an astronomy hobbyist who retired from the Fleet Science Center and Planetarium after over 45 years. They moved to Saint George in 2018 and enjoy sharing what they have learned with others.

Their website is and their Facebook eclipse page is “At the Centerline”.

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