Welcome to my aurora page!
In year 1996, after three years of studying in the University of Oulu, I started to work in the Space Physics Group which is part of the Department of Physical Sciences. Straight from the beginning the subject of my work was auroras and the research of them. This was the reason, why in November of the same year I went for my first trip to the north, to a place called "Kilpisjärvi". The main purpose of the trip was to install reseach equipment to the site.
My homeplace is only about 100 km to South from Oulu, so I had also earlier seen, and admired auroras. However, from the first trip onward, I have believed that the auroras which can be seen in these latitudes, are nothing compared to the auroras which can be seen in the north. Where auroras can be seen almost every night. Under the black sky where only light is the light of thousands of stars.
From that time onward auroras caught me! I could spend hours and hours outside, just staring the magnificant auroras in the sky. Freeze and wind didn't mattered at all...
During the following trips I started to try, could I took photos of those beautiful sights. Little by little I started to feel satisfied with the results, and I wanted to let everybody else also to see those wonderful forms. And to be able to remember the auroras which have seen, or to hope that on one day one can see that beautiful display in the sky!
The picture above is taken with all-sky auroral television in Space Research Institute, Kiruna, Sweden. I just had to go to the roof and wave to the camera... :) The result is anyhow quite nice.
- Pages updated 18th December 2002, 2235 UT -