September 2011

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  Summary: As northern summer winds down, darkness and auroras are returning to Arctic skies. See also August 2011.  
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Steve Milner,
Ft Nelson British Columbia,Canada
Sep. 3, 2011
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while driving on Friday September 3rd/11 up here in Ft Nelson at around 11:30 pm I stopped to check to see if there were any northern lights and yep there they were,strong and bright ,I just happened to have stopped by a beaver pond that was like glass,this set was visible for about an hours…taken with a Nikon D7000,set at F4.5,2000 ISO ,18mm focal length,and a 15 second exposure

Fredrik Broms,
Kvaløya, Norway
Sep. 2, 2011
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The local magnetometer didn`t show much activity tonight either with a K-index of 2 at the most, but the sky didn`t care much about that and was filled with some exceptionally strong auroras including some truely spectacular coronas in purple and green. The auroras dominated in zenith and in the west and south with nothing to be seen in the north. I recorded the display until the morning hours using a Nikon D3 with a AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens at ISO 400-1000, exposures 4-20 sec, f 3,2. Attached is the most spectacular corona of the evening!

Sylvain Serre,
Ivujivik, Quebec, Canada
Sep. 3, 2011
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For the first time of the season, there was a clear sky in the Northern village of Ivujivik (the highest point in Quebec). So I went outside with a friend to take a little walk and to get more familiar with the landscape around here. Fortunately, the northern lights were very bright, dense and colorful. Details : Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 16-35mm, f/2.8, 4000 ISO, 10-25 sec. exp.

Brandon Lovett,
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
Sep. 3, 2011
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I can tell that this aurora season is going to be mind-blowing! Night has completely returned to Fairbanks, and the aurora has come out to take the place of the midnight sun. I noticed some pretty decent aurora activity breaking through the clouds tonight, but as the clouds cleared the aurora showed itself in full force. In a matter of seconds a thin glowing strip exploded into a display of pink and green dancing curtains. The ground matched the sky, casting shadows of my tripod and myself. It was spectacular to say the very least. All images in un-retouched jpeg form.

Chad Blakley,
Abisko National Park, Sweden
Sep. 4, 2011
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After many months of the midnight sun darkness is finally returning to Abisko. I went out around 9:30 and was lucky enough to see the auroras dancing overhead for nearly two hours. If tonight is any indication of things to come I know its going to be a great aurora season! Shot with a Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16 2.8, ISO 100, exposure times around 4 seconds.

Bernt Olsen,
Ersfjord, Troms, Norway
Sep. 3, 2011
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The arctic summer is fadeing away and its getting darker these days, still this night, it was about 10 degrees and a bit odd for shooting auroras. Anyway, we had a nice aurora outburst at about 22.30 to 23.10 o'clock, local time, it was a bit tricky since its still wasn't really dark, but managed to get these photos. Uses a Nikon D90, and a Tokina 11-16 at 1600iso, 2sec and f/2.8 and a Nikon 50mm at iso 1250, 1.3sec and f/1.8.

Helge Mortensen,
Rekvik outside Tromsø, Norway
Sep. 3, 2011
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It was excellent to finally have the aurora back again. The aurora kept showing for over 30 minutes with various intensity. This location was great since it was no wind at all. So then we where able to get some great reflections. I was outside with my buddy Frank Olsen Canon EOS 5D mkII, EF 14mm f/1.4L, various iso settings up to 1600. Exposure from 2.5s up to 10s

Frank Olsen,
Just outside Tromsø, Norway
Sep. 3, 2011
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Oh boy, was there a great display of Auroras last night! Me and my buddy Helge Mortensen went out last night co catch the sunset, and just maybe a glimpse of Auroras. Here at Tromsø were we live, the remaining light of the sunset is still visible all through the night. It didn't bother us as the Auroras was in another direction. It was pretty cloudy when we went out, so we didn't expect to much. Around midnight it started to clear up, and then a little later the Aurora started dancing across the sky. We had a nice trip for 6 hours, and it was well worth spending the time. The weather conditions were just great. Nice temperature and no wind.

more images: from Fredrik Broms of Kvaløya, Norway; from Göran Strand of Andersön, Jämtland, Sweden; from Hanneke Luijting of Tromsø, Norway; from B.Art Braafhart of Salla-Sallatunturi, Finnish Lapland; n