Northern Lights Photo Gallery
April 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 March. 2010.

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

André Harms,
Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica (71o40' S / 2o51' W)
Apr. 7, 2010
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"This was the most intense and amazing natural phenomenon I have ever had the privilege of observing," says photographer André Harms. "It was such an exhilarating feeling when the sky just exploded in a kaleidoscope of moving colors."

Harms works at SANAE IV, the South African Antarctic research station in coastal Dronning Maud Land just inside the Antarctic Circle. The base itself is located on top of a distinctive flat-topped nunatak, which offers observers a fine view of the sky.

Grant Bisset,
Near Mt John Observatory, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand. 0806:24 UTC
Apr. 6, 2010
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Canon 5D, 35mm lens @ 2.8, 20 sec ISO 1600 1st Aurora I have seen of this Solar Cycle.


LeRoy Zimmerman,
Just north of Fairbanks, Alaska
Apr. 5, 2010
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An evening of very soft and generally slow moving auroras, but they were already visible overhead in the twilight sky as I headed out to my shooting spot, which was about 40 minutes away. I kept glancing up and realizing what I was missing. Auroras against a twilight sky can be stunning. Almost ran to the hilltop to beat the retreating sun. Auroras were in the sky constantly all throughout the evening. Slow moving patterns of arcs came and went endlessly. What a night, and even caught a meteor again. I love it when that happens. Sometimes life is good. Most shots at 6 seconds, but twilight I used 2-4 seconds with ISO 500 at twilight, ISO 1000 in dark. F2.8. What made it so special was that it was the 40th birthday of my lovely twin girls!

Steve Thomson,
Cromwell, Central Otago, New Zealand
Apr. 6, 2010
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Here is a link to a shot of Aurora Australis - (Southern Lights) I shot last night over Lake Dunstan in Central Otago, New Zealand There was a small one Monday night but this one from last night (6th April 2010) is quite spectacular. Please feel free to embed the YouTube clip. cheers, Steve

Bill Doms,
Silver Creek, Minnesota
Apr. 5, 2010
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It's been a long time since we have been able to see any auroras in this area. Last night was a welcomed sight even with the light pollution! Nikon D200 ISO 1000 30s f3.5

more images:
from Wolfgang Dzieran of Amrum, an island in the North Sea, Germany; from Doug Kiesling of Cass County, Minnesota; from Tony Travaglia of Oamaru New Zealand; from Jim Henderson of Crooktree, Scotland