Northern Lights Photo Gallery
August 2010
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Summary: Solar activity continues to increase after a two-year solar minimum that ranks among the century's deepest. The return of sunspots and a resurgent solar wind is good news for aurora watchers, who are seeing some of the best displays since ~2006. See also May. 2010.

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Travis Novitsky,
Grand Portage, Minnesota, USA
Aug. 3, 2010
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Well, the aurora made a pretty good showing last night! It sounds like most everyone in Minnesota had cloudy skies but lucky for me the clouds didn't move in to my area until after the aurora faded. These images were all captured between 11:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. At about 11:45 I noticed the moon was coming up, so I made a couple of exposures of the moon as well as the northern lights. These were all shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. All were shot with a Canon EF 17-40 lens except for the last one, which was shot with a Canon EF 24-105 lens. Exposure times were 25 to 30 seconds, ISO's ranged from 640 to 1250.

Tony Wilder,
Chippewa Falls, WI
Aug. 3, 2004
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Twice now since April. My last batch of Au pics made the AP wires out of Chicago. This batch likely won't but non the less, it was a sweet surprise to catch a glimpse again of a spectacular event known as the Aurora Borealis over Lake Wissota in Chippewa Falls, WI where I live. I grabbed these shots with my CANON 30D on a tripod manually focused to infinity at f2.8 ISO 400 for 20 seconds. The northern lights never get old, but I got tired and headed back in to crash at about 3am cst.

Trym Norman Sannes,
1 hour north of Oslo. In the woods near the small town of Jevnaker.
Aug. 4, 2010
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We drove up into the woods in hope that we would be able to photograph the aurora that was supposed to appear all over southern Norway. When we reached our destination the skies where partially clouded but is seemed to be getting clearer. After about 1 hour our position was about to get fogged in. Our chances of seeing and photographing the aurora seemed to be lost. But miracously the fogg dissapeared as fast is it had arrived. Just a short time later as i was photographing the rising moon i saw a green ray of norhtern light on my cameras LCD. After this it just got more intence and soon the whole sky was dancing before our eyes... Equipment used: Canon EOD 7D, sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 and tripod Settings: f-stop f/5, shutterspeed 25 sec, focal length 10mm, manual mode, auto whitebalance ISO 1600.

Bob Johnson,
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
Aug. 3, 2010

Beautiful Dancing Auroras and caught a Meteor as well.

Olivier Du Tre,
Cochrane, Alberta, CANADA
Aug. 3, 2010

Aurora Borealis! WOOHOOOOO I've been dreaming since I was a little boy to see this stuff and tonight I finally did. (I jumped up and down like a little kid when I saw that green stuff on my camera's LCD screen). Although there was a fair amount of clouds present, I managed to make this shot. Hopefully the weather is a bit better tomorrow.

more images: from Andreas Gada of Oak Heights, Ontario, Canada