April 2003
Aurora Gallery
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Summary: April began as March ended--with high latitude auroras triggered by a solar wind stream flowing from a coronal hole on the Sun. Similar streams buffeted Earth's magnetic field three more times on April 9th-11th, 14th-21st, and 27th-28th. See also the March 2003 aurora gallery.

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Stephane Levesque, Luceville, Québec, Canada
April 30
#1, #2, #3, #4 none

Ulrike Haug, Alaska, USA
April 30
#1, #2, more U. Haug: "The auroras danced softly in the sky with the twilight lingering in the north. Gaining almost 7 minutes of sunlight daily, we will soon lose our darkness completely. In a few days, Alaska will be the Land of the Midnight Sun."

Duane Clausen, Menominee, Michigan, USA
April 28
#1, #2, #3, more D. Clausen: "The auroral arc was prominent for about 4 hours intensifying in brightness and drifting from Northeast to Northwest as the morning progressed.... well worth watching!"

Chuck Johnson, Cleary Summit, Alaska, USA
April 30
#1, #2, #3, #4 The skies are still sunlit in these pictures of green Northern Lights over Cleary Summit. C. Johnson: "I took these at 1:15 am, (1 am is local midnight here) and as you can see we are in the middle of a sunset/sunrise at 65 degrees north. The auroras are nearly overpowered by the sun. Today we will have 16 hours and 49 minutes of sunshine and we are gaining 6 or 7 minutes every day. By June 21 the sun will be up for around 22 hours up here on Cleary Summit."

Calvin Hall, near Sheep Mountain Lodge on the Glenn Hwy, Alaska, USA
April 28
#1, #2, more "Spring has definitely sprung. There were Grizzly tracks, mosquitos and ducks flying around. I could also see twilight in the North at 2 AM," says Hall.

Dominic Cantin, l'Ile d'Orléans, Québec, Canada
April 30
#1, #2, #3, more

"For about 10 minutes we had a magnificent sub-storm worthy of Alaska!" says Cantin. One remarkable picture shows the city lights of Quebec City rivaled by the green glow of auroras. Photo details: 16mm @ f 2.8, 15 to 20 sec, Fuji Superia 800 film

Philippe Moussette, Québec City, Canada
April 28
#1, #2, more Photo details: Canon Powershot A60 at 400 ASA, 15 secs

Jean Chiasson, l'Ile d'Orléans, Québec, Canada
April 29
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, more

Photo details: 16-28mm @ f 2.8, 25 sec

Daniel Tardif, Beauport, Quebec, Canada
April 29-30
#1, #2, #3, #4

Photo details: 28 mm lens, f/2.8, 25s with Fuji X-Tra film

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