October 2008
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Summary: A solar wind stream hit Earth on Oct. 28th sparking mild but beautiful geomagnetic storms around the Arctic Circle. See also September 2008.

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Sauli Koski,
Kittila Finland
Oct. 30, 2008
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I am still awry because lights were too fast and everywhere--absolutely too fast! I think they should be given some speed limit. I hope NASA can do something!

Photo details: Nikon D3, Sigma 24-70 f2.8, 1000ASA some seconds

Jan Koeman,
Polarlightcenter in Laukvik, Lofoten Islands, Norway
Oct. 30, 2008
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In the early morning of 30th October I took pictures of Pulsating aurora. This was the first time I saw this phenomena which usually occurs in the morning hours (around 3 a.m. local time)after a heavy auroral display earlier in the night. I stay at the Polarlightcenter in Laukvik at the Lofoten Islands in Norway. The earth-current meter registered this pulsating aurora as you can see at the photograph of this recording. Pulsating aurora has a much weaker, faint color. The picture I took of the Auroral oval is around midnight. Much brighter than pulsating aurora.

Photo details: Nikon D300 and 10.5 mm fish-eye lens, 2000 iso and 25 seconds.

Kolbjorn Dahle,
Andenes, Norway
Oct. 29, 2008
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The aurora started out dull and faint, but around 23.20 LT (Andenes, Norway) it exploded northward with an extremely bright white aurora. Not the usual green, but BRIGHT WHITE! It lasted for a few minutes, then fainted back to faint green.

Lance Parrish,
Skiland, Alaska, 20 miles NE of Fairbanks
Oct. 28, 2008
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Very active but relatively short displays (around 10 minutes)from east to west and directly overhead. Very fast moving, with lots of pink edges.

Photo details: Nikon D3, ISO 1600, 1.5-3 secs @ 2.8 w/ 14-24mm f2.8

Jan Koeman,
Straumnes, Lofoten Islands, Norway
Oct. 29, 2008
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For the second time this year we are visiting the Polarlightcenter in Straumnes at the Norwegian Lofoten islands. With a small group of Aurora-lovers we were waiting for several days for the clouds to disapear. Last night it happened, together with a speeding up the solar wind. We were having dinner and could see the aurora shining through the kitchen-window!. We ran outside and enjoyed a beautiful auroral display.

Photo details: Nikon D300, 17-55 mm lens, 1600 iso and exposure between 4 and 12 seconds.


BONUS: Spooky auroras of years past Photographer, Location Images Comments

Terry Mann,
Outside Fairbanks, Alaska
Mar. 5, 2005

The aurora was very active on this night in March 2005. It was a bone-chilling -10 degrees. Now I know why. A ghostly aurora appeared when the film was developed. Happy Halloween!

Juha Kinnunen, Inari, in the northern Finnish Lapland
Oct. 4, 2002
#1, #2, #3 Spooky Auroras: It seemed like Halloween had arrived early on Oct. 4th when Juha Kinnunen saw these ghoulish Northern Lights: a great green ghost, a witch's face, and a flying ghost.

Dominic Cantin, near Quebec City, Canada.
Oct. 4, 2002
#1 Spooky Auroras: Another scary face appeared over Canada!