March 2005
Aurora Gallery
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Summary: March is usually a good month for auroras. Why? Because in March the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) near Earth tilts south, fueling geomagnetic storms. In March of 2005, auroras appeared mainly at high-latitudes, sparked by solar wind streams blowing past Earth. [See also the January 2005 aurora gallery.]

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Jeff Pietras,
Hatcher Pass, near Palmer Alaska, USA
Mar. 16

This picture was taken with a Canon Digital Rebel of my fellow aurora shooter. We were just packing things up for the night, and noticed this silhouette.

Robert Siciliano,
Near Palmer, AK, USA
Mar. 19
#1, #2

The display lit up the sky between 2- 3:30 AM. I was fortunate to get these reflections in the open water of the river. It seemed every time the aurora would intensify someone would drive through the river--yes!--with their cars and trucks disturbing the surface for several minutes.

Gilberto Toffolo,
Stjordal, Norway
Mar. 19
#1, #2

Some very nice displays but lasting only few minutes. Sony Cybershot 400 ASA 30 sec.

Dennis Mammana,
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
Mar. 16
#1, #2, #3, #4, more

Though most of the night was cloudy, for an hour or so the sky cleared and the lights blazed overhead. Even when the clouds returned, the lights remained quite beautiful--especially with the lights of Fairbanks occasionally illuminating the clouds from below. Shot with Canon 10D, 24mm f/1.4L lens, an ISO of 400, and exposures from 4 to 20 seconds.

Eskil Olsen,
Taken in north Norway, near Mo i Rana
Mar. 17
#1, #2

Taken with canon 1Ds

Robb McCaghren,
Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada.
Mar. 15
#1, #2, #3, #4, more

Canon EOS 300D, ISO 800, 15 second exposure, 24mm lens.

Eddie Rideout,
Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
Mar. 16

The auroras were dancing this night. Usually we only see greens in the skies but there were flashes of purple & pink as well! Photo details: Sony DSC-V1, 20s exposure

Dominic Cantin,
Quebec city, Canada
Mar. 14
#1, more

I went ouside at 6:15 UT on 14 march 2005 to see if the aurora was there and visualy I saw nothing due to the light polution but the aurora, a faint green arc, appeared on my digital pictures.

Travis Favretto,
Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
Mar. 08
#1, #2, more

Glow to the north visible for over four hours. The camera picked up a few rays here and there, but only the glow was visible to the naked eye for the most part, with intermittent well-defined defined arcs. Canon EOS 300D, 30 seconds at f4.5, ISO1600

Scott Arko,
North Pole, AK, USA
Mar. 07
#1, #2

One of the finest auroral displays I have seen in four years of taking aurora photos. The only problem was it lasted all of about a minute. I was able to snap a few images before it faded away. Certainly a night to remember, though.

Lance Parrish,
Skiland, Alaska; 20 miles NE of Fairbanks
Mar. 06

As I started an exposure, an aurora research rocket was launched from Poker Flat. Since my planned exposure was too short, this is a composite of 3 images in quick succession. Nikono D1X, 20-35 mm, ISO 800 10 Secs @f2.8.

more images: from Tero Raita of Sodankyla, Finland (March 15); from Jörgen Hedin of Kiruna, Sweden (March 6); from Peter Boytang near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (March 4);


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