Feb. 1, 2002 Aurora Gallery
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Summary: A solar wind disturbance swept past Earth on February 1st at 0558 UT. It was probably the ejecta of an explosion near sunspot 9787 on January 31st. The impact triggered an hours-long G1-class gromagnetic storm and ignited Northern Lights at high latitudes.

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Frank S. Andreassen, northern Norway
Feb. 1
#1, #2, #3, #4, more Photo details: Nikon F801s camera, Fuji Provia 400F film, Sigma 20mm f/1.8 lens, exposure time: 30 seconds.

Michael Erath, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Feb. 1
#1, #2, #3 City lights? No problem. The auroras in these pictures competed successfully with the glare of Calgary.

Duane Clausen, Menominee, Michigan, USA
Feb. 2
#1, #2, #3, more This beautiful snowscape is illuminated by moonlight, Christmas lights, and Northern Lights. Says Clausen: "The auroral event was brief but breathtaking!"

Yuichi Takasaka, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Feb 1
#1, see also this 465 kb movie This gif animation consists of 11 consecutive 40-second frames. Says Takasaka: "The city lights lit the clouds so you can see clouds moving as well as the Northern Lights."

Joe Slagle, the Power Line Trail in the Chugach Mountains near Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Feb 1
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5 Photo details: Minolta Maxxum 5, 200 speed film, 30 second exposure with a cable release

Mark Simpson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Feb. 1
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, pan, more Photo details: Sony Dsc-F707 Digital Camera. f2.0. Exposure: 15-30 seconds

Lyndon Anderson, 15 miles north of Bismarck, North Dakota, USA,
Feb. 1
#1, #2, more Note the rising Moon in image #2. The auroras were visible in spite of the Moon's glare.

Andre Clay, the Richardson Highway between North Pole and Quartz Lake, Alaska, USA
Feb. 1-2
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 A. Clay: "Took a little trip Friday night to spend the weekend at a backwoods cabin and was able to get a few shots during the drive down." Camera DSC-F707, 200 ISO, between 10 and 20 second exposures.

See also our Jan. 10, 2002, aurora gallery!

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