Sept. 30-Oct. 9, 2002
Aurora Gallery
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Summary: On Sept. 30th a solar wind shock wave--a coronal mass ejection (CME) hurled into space by an explosion near sunspot 134--swept past Earth and triggered a moderate geomagnetic storm. No one knew it at the time, but that was just the beginning of nine days of geomagnetic activity. Solar wind gusts from coronal holes and a series of CMEs kept the storm going fitfully until Oct. 9th. Sky watchers spotted auroras, off and on, as far south as Arizona in the United States.

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Trygve Lindersen, Toemmeraas, Norway
Oct. 6
#1, #2 Photo details: Canon G2 digital camera, f2, 15 second exposure, ISO 200.

Pekka Parviainen, Turku, Finland
Oct. 2
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, more P. Parviainen: "The auroras kept storming practically all night -- interupted by only a few calm moments."

Dirk Obudzinski, Yellostone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Oct. 7
#1, #2, #3, more D. Obudzinski: "I drove all the way to Yellowstone Natl. Park to get a better view of the expected aurora show. And it was 'way' worth the 15 hours drive! It felt like being in Alaska again " Photo details: Nikon EM camera, 50mm lens, f/1.4 to f/2.0, 12 sec. exposures on Kodak Supra 400 film.

Brian Ruddy, Isle Royale National Park, Mott Island, the largest island in Lake Superior.
Oct. 2 and 7
#1, #2, #3, #4 B. Ruddy: "Blue Streak was taken on October 2nd, the rest were taken on October 7th." Photo details: Sony DSC F707 digital camera, wide angle zoom setting (38mm equiv/35 mm SLR) ISO 400 F 2.0 20 - 30 sec. exp.

Krzysztof Kordybach, Helsinki, Finland
Oct. 3
#1, #2, #3, #4 K. Kordybach: "Helsinki's city lights were hardly a competition for these auroras." Photo details: Canon EF 28-135 zoom, mostly at 28mm, f3.5, 20-30s, film Fuji Superia 200.

Ragnar Johnskås, Ringsaker, Norway
Oct. 5
#1, #2, #3, #4, more Photo details: Exposure: 8-25 sec Film: Kodak Gold Ultra 50 mm lens

Dominic Cantin, near Quebec City, Canada.
Oct. 3-4
#1, #2, #3, more One image shows the International Space Station flying over Canada. "Surely the astronauts had a great show!" says Cantin.

Michael Billinger, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Oct. 7
#1, #2, #3 Photo details: Toshiba PDR-3310 Digital Camera, f/2.8, 4-8 secs, ISO 400

Dale Hudjik, near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Oct. 7
#1 D. Hudjik: "The entire sky from North to South was covered with dancing light." Photo details: Olympus c-4040, ISO100, f1.8, 16sec.

Juha Ollila, Lumijoki, Finland
Oct. 7
#1, more Photo details: Nikkor 17-35 mm f2.8 Fuji Provia 400 F, 20 seconds

Jean Chiasson, Orleans Island, 15 km from Quebec City, Canada
Oct. 8
#1, #2, more Photos details : (FUJI 800 X-TRA) 17 mm. - f/3.5, 25sec.

Philippe Moussette, cap-Rouge, Québec, Canada
Oct. 7
#1, more Photo details: "Coolpix 995 digital camera, 400 ASA, exposed 20 seconds"

Peter von Bagh, Porvoo, Finland
Oct. 8
#1 P. von Bagh: "At local midnight the aurora was quite dim, but white and green spots were dancing on the northern sky like wery fast clouds."

Dominic Cantin, l'Ile d'Orléans, near Quebec City, Canada.
Oct. 8
#1, #2, #3, more Photo Details: 28 mm @ f 2.8, 15 - 20 sec, Fuji Superia 800

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