Northern Lights Photo Gallery
September 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

Ole Christian Salomonsen,
Skittenelv, near the city of Tromsø, Norway.
Sep. 16, 2010
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Shot with a Canon 5D Mk II + Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8 Mk II @ f/2.8, ISO2500, 7sec. This evening evening was a fantastic experience in Tromsø. The forecast did not indicate this strong levels, but I do not complain for going out. :) When we stopped the car and decided on a location, the electricity in the area actually blacked out, so we were surrounded with complete darkness! Really exciting, we could almost feel something was in the air! In addition to capturing a fast moving aurora, the start of a corona at the top, I also captured 3 satellites and an airplane, and a friend photographer :)

Lance Parrish,
Skiland, Alaska 20 miles NE of Fairbanks
Sep. 13, 2010
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Nice quiet display that lasted more than an hour. Not fast moving. Nikon D3, ISO 1600, 10 Secs witn 16mm and 14 mm at f2.8.

Zoltan Kenwell,
Close to Vegreville, Alberta, Canada
Sep. 15, 2010
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Hoping the glancing blow of the incoming CME would provide a show, I headed out this morning to see if anything showed up. The sun did not disappoint. Although it was a short show, it started off with a bang, then the clouds moved in and I was done!

Kjetil Skogli,
Tromsø, Northern Norway
Sep. 14, 2010
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Tonight there was a lot of color in the northern lights. This other color than the greenish one is not so easy to see with you eyes. According to the magnetometer there must have been an even bigger activity top(if it produced northern lights) later in the night. We had to return at 01.00 because of an early flight the next day, so we missed that. But we don´t complain at all. Canon EOS 5D mkII, EF24mm/f1.4

Fredrik Broms,
Kvaløya, Norway
Sep. 14, 2010
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Clouds were drifting in as the sun set but through the gaps I could observe Jupiter and Uranus which are a very close pair in the sky at the moment. I was able to catch a nice halo around Jupiter due to the clouds and that`s how i also discovered tonights auroras - they were in the same picture even though I was imaging due south! I switched to wide angle and the southern sky soon turned all green with Jupiter shining like a distant light-house through the green auroras. What a night! Nikon D3, AF Nkkor 300mm 2,8 + Nikkor 20mmm 2,8, various settings.

Steve Milner,
Fort St John BC Canada
Sep. 13, 2010
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These were taken Sept. 13 2010 at around 11:30pm at Charlie Lake just north of Fort St John, British Columbia. We haven't seen a lot of Northern Lights here lately, mainly because of heavy cloud cover. But last night the skies cleared up and everything fell together. It was a really good display of lights that went on for a couple of hrs. Taken with a Nikon D200, 640 ISO, 18mm focal length, with a 16 sec exposure time.

more images: from Boris Kozelov of Apatity, Murmansk region, Russia; from Yuichi Takasaka of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada; from Thomas Hagen of Tromsø, Norway