Northern Lights Photo Gallery
October 2010
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Summary: Solar activity continues to increase after a two-year solar minimum that ranks among the century's deepest. The return of sunspots and a resurgent solar wind is good news for aurora watchers, who are seeing some of the best displays since ~2006. See also August 2010.

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Zoltan Kenwell,
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Oct. 17, 2010
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Predicted levels were only 20% chance in my area last night. I was watching the stats on the Solar Wind all evening, and noticed a small blip around 11:30pm. I headed out just after midnight, north of Edmonton. The Aurora took off! It was a cool -3C outside, but no wind. A beautiful night! These images were captured with a Canon 5DmkII and the EF 24mm f1.4, and the EF 15mm Fisheye. ISO 1250, 5 to 20 second exposures.

Ed Stockard,
Summit Station, Greenland approximately 11000ft on the ice sheet
Oct. 17, 2010
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We have been having intermittent ice fog and clear skies. On the evening of Oct 16th I witnessed a moonrise with optical "moon dogs" and auroras as well. Spectacular site. The following morning predawn light to the east and auroras to the south along with the red beacon on our 50 meter tower made for blacks, blues, reds, greens and purples for a wonderful precursor to sunrise. One image is a 4 photo stitch. (moonrise photo eve Oct 16th, others morning Oct 17th 2010)

Paul L Meisel,
South of Minot, North Dakota.
Oct. 17, 2010
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My location in northern North Dakota is one of the best spots in the lower 48 for aurora observing. Unfortunately during the last few aurora events my sky was obscured, so this is the first descent aurora I've seen in almost a year. It wasn't great compared to what I am used to seeing, but at least it was something. The K was at 4 last night when I was shooting.

Miika Sirkiä,
Kittilä, Lapland, Finland
Oct. 15, 2010
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I was surprised, how big auroras were last night over Kittilä. I was just about to go to sleep, when i saw them from my bedroom window. First nice curtains at western sky, later all around. Photo details: Canon 50d, Canon L24/1,4, exposure around 8-15 s.

Jesper Grønne,
Silkeborg Denmark
Oct. 11, 2010
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Monday evening oct. 11th. 2010, the aurora above Norway was visible in Denmark. This foggy image of the aurora was made with a fisheye lens facing north. The green and red light high in the atmosphere danced below the cold blue and white Milky Way. The fog on the ground made the vision and moment one to remember.

Frank Olsen,
Blokken in the Vesterålen islands, North of Norway
Oct. 13, 2010
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After days on end with cloudy, stormy weather, last night I saw a glimpse of clear sky. I rushed out to catch some Aurora. It has been lots of geomagnetic outburst lately. So after an hour or so, "she" showed up. Equipment: Canon EOS 7, Tokina 11-16 f/2,8. ISO 800, exp. 3 - 6 seconds

more images: from John Durston of Kleifarvatn lake, near Seltun, Iceland