February 2004
Aurora Gallery
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Summary: Solar wind streams flowing from coronal holes on the sun sparked high-latitude auroras on February 1st, 11th-13th and 27th. See the January 2004 aurora gallery.

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Juha Kinnunen,
Muonio, Finnish Lapland
Feb. 27
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These images are from the Pallas-Ounastunturi National Park. It was a very beautiful, cold night. A half moon lighted up the fell scenery and made it very pleasant to walk around in snowshoes. Details: Nikon F100, 28mm/f1.4 and Fuji Provia 400F.

Kalle Huttunen-Heikinmaa,
Muonio, Lapland, Finland
Feb. 27
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Auroras (and my wedding) were the reason for our Lapland holiday. We truly had more highlights than just our wedding day at 29.2. Photo details: Canon Powershot A70

Yuichi Takasaka,
Kincolith, British Columbia, Canada
Feb. 27
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Photo details: Pentax *istD, SMC Pentax FA 20mm lens

Warren Justice,
Lake St. George, Manitoba, Canada
Feb. 13
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Spent the weekend at this location on a winter survival course with the local air cadet squadron. Ventured out onto Lake St. George to check for northern lights. 28mm f1.9, 40sec. exp. on Fuji Superia 200

Douglas Dankel II,
A few kms north of Akureyri, Iceland.
Feb. 13
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Many diffuse streaks for 3+ hours which would occasionally brighten into a beautiful display. These images were shot using a Nikon D100 with a Sigma EX Aspherical 15-30mm/3.5-4.5 len, 400 ASA, and between 8-10 second exposures.

Pekka Parviainen,
the southwest corner of Finland
Feb. 11
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I call this a 'surprise display', because there was no CMEs heading towards the Earth. Only possible source was solar wind from a minor coronal hole. Anyway, my star photography was spoiled as auroras penetrated deep into southern sky. Whole sky images with Fuji Provia 400 pushed 2 stops & 20-35 sec exposures (8mm/f2.8); other images with Kodak EliteChrome 100 pushed 2 stops & 15-25 sec exposures (28mm/f 1.4).

Peter Lynn,
Mortsund, Lofoten Islands, Norway
Feb. 14
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The auroras were bright enough to cast faint shadows.

Frederic Tscherter,
Northern Lapland, near Saariselka, Finland
Feb. 11
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It was an amazing show. We managed to get a few pictures despite the minus 35C. It was worth it anyway. Photo details : 800 asa, 28mm, 15-30 sec exposure

Fabien Brosse,
Kakkslautanen, Lapland, Finland.
Feb. 11
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These are a few pictures we took during our week holiday in Finland. The auroras came on suddenly and remained very bright for about two hours. They took nice colors as purple and red. Photo details: Nikon F65, 28mm lens, 800 ASA, 10 to 30 s exposure at F3.3.

Tom Eklund,
Valkeakoski, Finland
Feb. 11
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This was surprising display of winter aurora. In one picture you can see the planet Venus among the auroras.

Arthur van Riet,
Salla, Finnish Lapland
Feb. 11
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It was minus 40 celsius on my 40th birthday. What a present on this vacation! My wife gave me this trip [to see the auroras] including a Canon EOS 10D digital SLR.

Bill Weir,
Metchosin, British Columbia, Canada
Feb. 11
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The auroras came on quite suddenly, lasted for about 1hr like this, then switched off like a light. Some hints of red. Jupiter is the bright dot to the left of the image. Photo details: 30yr old 35mm camera, 28mm lens, 400ASA 15s exposure.

Erik Boeg Jensen,
Nuuk, Greenland
Feb. 12
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The auroras seemed like they were falling out of the sky. Photo details: Canon EOS 300D, 400 ASA, 20s exposure.

Kevin Forster,
Wasilla, Alaska (Beacon Hill)
Feb. 12
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Sony F717 iso200 15-25sec exp. 20mm lens

Lance Parrish,
Skiland, Alaska
Feb. 12
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Faint but persistant aurora from 7:30 pm through early morning. Occassional spurts of intense aurora with good color. However, the lights were moving so rapidly the red was overriden by the green on most occassions. Nikno D1X with 20-35 mm. f2.8, ISO 800 between 5 and 15 seconds.

Hanneke Luijting,
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
Feb. 11
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This is my first try photographing the northern lights from Fairbanks, I was glad they turned out well. The last days I went to sleep with aurora and woke up with it as well. It's amazing!!

V. W. Magnum,
Fairbanks, Alaska
Feb. 11
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Photo details: Nikon Coolpix 5400 digital camera

Andre Clay,
Salcha, Alaska
Feb. 11
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Great night for auroras, varying displays all night long. They were still active at 7AM the next morning. Canon 10D, Sigma 15mm Fisheye

Greg A Syverson,
Talkeetna, Alaska
Feb. 11
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These images are still shots taken from a video stream. About 11:30pm Alaska Time, I looked out and saw a nice green arc. I got the 35mm still camera ready along with two video cameras. One camera was for shooting time lapse, while the other was to capture 100 percent real time. This video I just pasted on my site is time lapse. The event took 3 and 1/2 minutes. I compressed it to around 30 seconds.

Chris Douglas,
Dugald, Manitoba, Canada
Feb. 11
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Fairly static auroras, but still quite pretty. Canon Powershot A80, 50 ISO, 38mm f/2.8, 15s exposure.

Roman Krochuk,
Fairbanks, AK,
Feb. 11
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Although I missed the best display I've got a lot of pictures to create a few animations. Here is one for your attention. Photo details: Minolta DiMage 7 4 sec exposure, f1/2.8 @ISO800

Adam Zier-Vogel,
Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Feb. 1
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The coyotes were howling in the distance to add to the ambience of this beautiful evening. Photo details: 25 sec exposure with a 28mm lens on a minolta srt 101a.

Troy Birdsall,
Fairbanks Alaska
Feb. 01
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'The moon light makes this short video look like it was taken in day time.'

 

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