Northern Lights Photo Gallery
March 2009
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Summary: For reasons researchers do not fully understand, auroras love equinoxes. Here's the proof. Right on cue, the vernal equinox of 2009 kicked off a pretty 5-night display of photographic Northern Lights around the Arctic Circle. See also February 2009.

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Dennis Mammana,
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
Mar. 23, 2009
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It seemed to come out of nowhere. Earlier in the day the aurora indicators were looking poor. But during the evening hours of March 23, our group watched a beautiful auroral display erupting over Skiland (, northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska. Just beyond the next ridge about five miles away, the LIDAR Observatory of the Poker Flat Research Range ( was shooting a laser beam skyward; the scattered light from it shows up as a nearly vertical beam near the image center (on the landscape-format shot).

Photo Details: Canon 20D, 14mm f/2.8L lens, f/2.8, 15 seconds, ISO 800.

Gilles Boutin,
Salluit Nunavik Canada
Mar. 23, 2009
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Une super belle soirée et jusqu`a plustard dans la nuit, les Arsaniit ont joués avec Gilles Boutin et Sylvain Serré, soirée du 22 au 23 mars 2009 à Salluit, hi NTA Kuujjuaq

Sylvain Serre,
Salluit, Nunavik, Quebec, Canada
Mar. 22, 2009
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Yesterday, with my friend Gilles Boutin, we went on the Sugluk inlet to watch the northern lights. It was faboulous.

Photo details: Canon EOS 30D, 10mm, f 3.5 and 16mm fisheye, f 2.8, 15 sec, 800 ISO.

Thomas Bojer Eltorp,
Nuuk, Greenland
Mar. 16, 2009
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Just an amazing night... Not the most powerful auroras, but such a beautiful display.

Photo details: Nikon D3, zeiss ZF 28mm, ISO 1600, 91.9s, f4.0

Ben Hattenbach,
Mar. 13, 2009
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12 Mile Pass on the Steese Highway, just outside of Central, Alaska. The temperature at the time of this display was approximately -30 F. This was taken at 14mm on a full frame sensor. This incredible aroura filled nearly the entire sky.

more images:
from Roy Keeris of Lofoten, Norway; from Yuichi Takasaka of Aurora Lake, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada