Sept. 25-26, 2001 Aurora Gallery
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Summary: A coronal mass ejection that billowed away from the Sun on Monday, Sept. 24th, struck Earth's magnetosphere around 2100 UT on Tuesday, Sept. 25th. The impact at first seemed to herald widespread auroras. Instead, it triggered only a moderate (G2-class) geomagnetic storm with bright Northern Lights confined to magnetic latitudes greater than ~55 degrees (e.g., Northern Europe, Alaska, Canada, and the northern tier of US states).

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Tom Eklund, Valkeakoski, Finland
Sept. 25
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, more Photo details: Kodak EliteChrome 100 film, 28mm f/2.0 lens, 15 to 30 sec exp.

Lyndon Anderson, near Steele, North Dakota
Sept. 25
#1, #2, #3, #4, more L. Anderson: "The sky was a diffuse glow to the north, with very few features in part because of bright moonlight. The images reveal considerably more color than I could see with my unaided eye."

Michel Benvenuto, Nice, France
Sept. 25-26
#1, #2, #3, more M. Benvenuto: "As soon as we got the aurora alerts we decided to go where we had already seen two other auroras in July 2000 and March 2001. This aurora was the most diffuse one we have seen so far, the color was greyish-red to the naked eye." Photo details: 17mm f/3.5 lens on Fuji 800 print film, 1-2 min exp.

Ulrich Beinert, central Germany (geomagnetic latitude 45 deg.)
Sept. 25-26
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, more Although the display was modest, says Ulrich, "it was only my second aurora -- it was a *really* cool event.
This was definitely worth almost falling asleep in school this morning!" Photo details: Canon
EOS 50E with 15mm fisheye lens at f/2.8, 1-5 min exp.

Michael Theusner, northern Germany
Sept. 25
#1, #2, #3, #4 M Theusner: "I went [outdoors] with some friends after the shock front had arrived. But we had to wait another 2 hours till we finally saw the first rays. The display only lasted 30 minutes but was quite bright with an intense red colour." Photo details: 28mm f/2.8 lens, 50 sec exp. on Kodak E200 slide film

See also our Sept. 23, 2001, aurora gallery!

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