oldest astronomical observatory in Ireland, and one
of the oldest working observatories in the world,
provided the perfect setting for a photo of the dim
glow of the aurora borealis, the Northern Lights,
on November 9th, 2004.
greenish auroral glow can be seen behind the ruins
on the ancient
Hill of Slane in this photo. The bright star close
to the ruins left of centre is Vega.
the Northern Lights display of November 9th was poor
compared to others, it still made for some nice photographs.
This is the statue of St. Patrick on the Hill
of Slane, where the saint is said to have lit
Ireland's first Paschal
Fire in the fifth century.
greenish aurora can be seen to the left of the church
tower at Slane in this photo. The light on the right
is that from a floodlight which illuminates the other
side of the tower. The stars immediately to the left
of the tower are those of the Plough (Ursa Major).