February 2011
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  Summary: A coronal mass ejection (CME) and a solar wind stream double-whammied Earth's magnetic field on Feb. 4th, producing the best aurora-display of the year so far. See also January 2011.  
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P-M Hedén,
Gysinge, Sweden
Feb. 4, 2011
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Yes! Another night with northern lights in the more southern parts of Sweden. I enjoyed a very fine display outside Gysinge by the Dalriver in Sweden. Great nature with a starry sky and Northern lights - a dream for an astrophotographer! Canon 550D and 20mm Sigma.

Peter Rosén,
Abisko, Swedish Lapland
Feb. 4, 2011
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Thanks again for the great forecast you provide us! I went to the chairlift, which takes visitors up to the Aurora Skystation in the Swedish Lapland, to capture some images of the sky dancer. I heard quite many happy people that night and almost none were Swedes. Nice to see so many foreign people who wants to see this magnificent phenomena in our small village Abisko. Welcome! Peter

Francis Anderson,
Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories Canada
Feb. 4, 2011
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Photos taken just after midnight on February 4th, 2011 here in tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories Canada. The aurora borealis ( northern lights ) were so intense that they were clearly visible and glowing thru the cloud cover,..lighting the ground when directly overhead. I missed a more intense display of this G2-class (Kp=6) geomagnetic storm earlier as I took a bit too long to scout a suitable shoot location. These are the actual jpeg photos, no retouching as taken from my Nikon D300s.

Lance Parrish,
Skiland, Alaska. 20 miles NE of Fairanks
Feb. 4, 2011

A research rocket launched shortly after 11:00 pm on Feb. 4th from Poker Flat Research Range which is located approximately 23 miles NE of Fairbanks, Alaska. Clear night with a slight band of aurora. Nikon D3 with 70-200mm. The rocket plume was substantially brighter than I remembered so the image was badly overexposed.

Fredrik Broms,
Kvaløya, Norway
Feb. 4, 2011
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Very strong auroras between 18.00 in the evening until dawn (07.00). After the "normal" display with strong moving bands and curtains in green and purple, the sky was filled with what I think was the elusive pulsating auroras: rather stationary small and large patches of green that were pulsating in brightness covered most of the sky in the morning. The patches didn`t move much but the intensity went from bright green to dim and fuzzy and then bright again. When one patch got brighter another got more diffuse and so on.. Nikon D3, AF-S Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2,8, 10 sec, ISO 1000

Paco Bellido,
Thingvellir, Iceland
Feb. 2, 2011
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I've travelled North to photograph the Northern Lights. These pictures were taken at Thingvellir National Park in Iceland.

more images: from Alexandros of Hedmark, Gjesåsen, Norway; from Nigel Bradbury of Shetland Isles; from Beate Kiil Karlsen of Norway; from Greger Lissollas of Rättvik, Dalarna, Sweden
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