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Aurora borialis (Northern lights) as seen from Manitoulin Island, Northern Ontario, Canada

Northern Lights current activity.  Golden brown coloured regions show where Northern Lights can be seen.

Map showing land/provinces/states are shown as thin white lines (USA at 6 o'clock position, Europe is 3 o'clock, Japan is 10 o'clock).

 Latitude of 60 North is shown as dashed red circle.

Graph of Northern Lights Intensity   For Kp of 5 and greater, the Northern Lights are predicted to be visible on Manitoulin Island.

Northern Lights 3-day forecasts:


by Mark Oldfield

Jupiter and Saturn, the Pleiades and Hyades Clusters -- four jewels of the night sky bathed in auroral light. Photo taken Saturday, October 5, 2000

Pentax ME camera, Pentax 28 mm lens, Kodak Royal Gold 800 ASA film, 20 second exposure.


Manitoulin Dark Sky Association A non-profit group of amateur astronomers who seek to preserve the dark skies over Manitoulin Island.
Great Manitou Star Party Held each year during the summer months, those with telescopes, binoculars, astronomic knowledge; and those who want to learn and experience will gather together to celebrate the heavenly views.

BBay shares in one of the darkest skies on Manitoulin, and the Northern Hemisphere.

Manitoulin Moon astonomical photograph "WHEN THE MOON HITS YOUR EYE..."

Description: by Mark Oldfield

This image of the crescent moon was produced by using a Pentax ME camera with macro lens positioned over the eyepiece of a 6" Dobsonian telescope. Film is 800 ASA Kodak Royal Gold film, exposed for one-sixteenth of a second.

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