January 2012

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  Summary: A coronal mass ejection hit Earth's magnetic field on Jan. 24nd, sparking a geomagnetic storm (Kp=5) and bright auroras around the Arctic Circle. See also October 2011.  
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Göran Strand,
Östersund, Sweden
Jan. 24, 2012
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The promised aurora came at last. Me and a friend went out to capture the beauty, and what a show it was. I made two panoramas of my friend while he was taking pictures.

Antti Pietikäinen,
Muonio, Lapland, Finland
Jan. 24, 2012
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We went out with snowmobiles to wait for the incoming storm in Muonio, West-Lapland, Finland. Show started slowly and after 15mins the landscape was green! This was the first time for Thomas to see the northern lights. And he was very happy

Chad Blakley,
Abisko National park, Sweden
Jan. 24, 2012
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Another great night in Abisko!!! To say that the Lights Over Lapland photo expedition was a success would be the understatement of the year!! Tonight 8 participants and I were treated to one of the most spectacular aurora displays I have ever seen. The auroras began as we were eating dinner and continued into the very early hours of the morning. Words can not describe the excitement we shared and the sights we saw. I will be uploading a time-lapse video of the entire night in the hours to come. What a night!!! Shot with a Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16 2.8, ISO 1600, 5 second exposures. All images are un edited.

Peter Rosén,
Kiruna, Swedish Lapland
Jan. 25, 2012
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-33 degrees celsius, lots of snow on the trees and great auroras. Can a night become better? The first show around 8 pm was great. Then nothing and nothing, just cold feets. But suddendly around 11 pm there was a second even larger show of dancing auroras. It became a late night...

Jaromir Stanczyk,
Iceland - þingvellir
Jan. 22, 2012
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Amazing night - þingvellir Canon 5D MarkII, EF 16-35 f 2.8 L II usm, 3200 iso, 6-10s exposure

Bernt Olsen,
Tisnes and Grøtfjorden, Kvaløya, Tromsø, Norway
Jan. 24, 2012
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Very nice and fast moving auroras tonight, at times difficult to shoot because of the fast movement... Here are some photos from tonights session.. Nikon D90, Tokina 11-16mm, iso 1600, 4-6sec exposure.

Bjarki Mikkelsen,
Jokkmokk Lapland Sweden
Jan. 25, 2012
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Absolutely mind blowing night. It is indescribable how it looked in the sky from here at 7 o'clock last night till now. We just have no words for this beautiful northern lights. People who have never seen it, can not imagine how it works when the northern lights travel over the sky with more than 500 miles per second. It lights up everything around us, and all snow was completely green. Fantastic night. Jesper said something funny to me as we stood and looked at it. I believe it is God who bends it like it was fluorescent bulb which is shaped like clay of light. I think now more it looks like curtains that flutter across the sky with fire in. It was a powerful solar storm, may well frighten a little when its gripper arms out to us or the house we live in. It is believed it is not possible to hear it, but we thought we could hear it as a gnitrende rain much away? A really good night mother earth gave us. That was why we went north. Cam: Olympus E-420. ISO 400

Jónína Óskarsdóttir,
Faskrudsfjordur, Iceland
Jan. 24, 2012
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Wonderful Aurora borealis night. The weather forecast wasn't good for my area so it really was a big surprise when the sky became clear and the Aurora borealis appeared. I just can't stop smiling. Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Lens: Canon 14 mm f/2.8 L II USM.

Jens Buchmann,
Kiruna, Sweden
Jan. 24, 2012
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There were two main activity phases after todays CME hit. The first one was around 19:00UT (I submitted pictures of that earlier), the second one was around 23:00UT with unbelievable bright and fast-moving auroras directly overhead. I have never seen something so extraordinary like this in the night sky ever before!

Hinrich Baesemann,
Tromso, northern Norway
Jan. 24, 2011
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Expecting the arrival of the shockwave from the solar wind I was out on the coast of Tromso. The nice eddz apperared at about 18:30 UT, not as much as I expected, but I liked it.