December 2006
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  Summary: A coronal mass ejection hit Earth on Dec. 14th, sparking a severe (Kp=8) geomagnetic storm and auroras seen as far south as Arizona. The source of the CME was an X3-class explosion from sunspot 930 on Dec. 13th.
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Vic Winter,
ICSTARS Ranch, Northwest of Warrensburg, Missouri, USA
Dec. 14, 2006
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The Northern Lights made a brief appearance over the ICSTARS Ranch located northwest of Warrensburg, Missouri early in the evening on December 14, 2006. Starting with a few bright white spikes in the north, northeast, the northern sky quickly was turned deep green near the horizon and bright columns of red and purple rose and fell under Polaris.

Photo details: This photograph was taken at 7:25pm CST with a Nikon D100 digital camera with a 16mm wide angle lens at f2.8. The asa was 800 and the exposure was 60 seconds on a tripod. (C)2006/Vic Winter/ICSTARS Astronomy.

Jim Salge,
Mount Washington Observatory, New Hampshire
Dec. 14, 2006
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A few breaks in the clouds last night allowed for great viewing of the northern lights from the Mount Washington Observatory last night.

Photo details: Canon 20D w/a 24mm lens. Exposures were taken at F2.8 with shutter varied between 15seconds and 1minute.

Heather McFarland,
Gaylord, Michigan, on the 45th Parallel.
Dec. 14, 2006
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The lights started around 7:30pm with nice streaks on the horizon. Around 9pm a few clouds moved in but they cleared a short time later. The lights then moved overhead with streaks and pulsating lights going across the whole sky!! Watched till 1am and they were still going pretty strong.

Photo details: Nikon D1X, Nikkor 28mm, F3.2, exposures between 6 and 20 seconds.

Heini Anttila,
Valkeakoski, Finland.
Dec. 15, 2006

Auroras and the Geminids - can you ask for more?

Photo details: Canon Powershot S50, ISO 400, 10s.

Albert Pietrycha,
12 miles north of Goodland, Kansas
Dec. 14, 2006

This picture was taken two hours after sunset at the peak of the vivid reds and greens.

Photo details: Canon Rebel XT, 400 ASA, 50s exposure

Ragnar Johnskas,
Ringsaker, NORWAY.
Dec. 15, 2006
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It was a fantastic night for watching aurora, with beautiful shapes and patterns. At some time it was pulsating.

Photo details: Canon EOS 20D, 400ASA and 6 sec. exposure.

Ron Niebrugge,
near Tern Lake, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska.
Dec. 14, 2006
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I didn't find a lot of color last night except for this brief, very colorful display.

Photo details: Canon 5D, 15 seconds @ f/1.8 and 400 iso.

Ron Mills,
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Dec. 14, 2006
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What a gorgeous display of Northern Lights last night. Luckily for us, the clouds cleared out at sunset and by 8pm, the Auroras were in full swing. Managed to see a couple of Geminids as well.

Photo details: Pentax 100D, ISO 800, F3.5-4, and exposure times of 15secs to 30 secs.

Dave Corney,
Ithaca, NY
Dec. 14, 2006

To the eye, the aurora wasn't too bright, some thin cloud also getting in the way. But using a long exposure on my camera, they were very bright.

Photo details: Canon XT, 10mm lens, 200ISO, 132sec exposure, F/3.5

more images: from Karl Kuehn of Greene, New York; from Connie Goller of Orchard Park, New York; from Bradley Parker of Lone Tree, Iowa; from Robert Rustvold of Fort Dodge, Iowa; from Tobias Billings of Gallatin, Missouri; from Jay Peasley of Hesperia, Michigan.