January 2005
Aurora Gallery
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Summary: On January 7th, the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) near Earth tipped south, sparking a brief but strong geomagnetic storm. Ten days of quiet followed. Then giant sunspot 720 appeared and started unleashing X-class solar flares. Strong-to-extreme geomagnetic storms ensued on Jan. 17th - 21st as a result of CME-hits to Earth's magnetic field. [See also the November 2004 aurora gallery.]

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Bjorn Jorgensen,
Ersfjord, Tromsoe, Norway
Jan. 18
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A bright moon gave some light to the landscape, and the clouds added drama.

Roman Krochuk,
Fairbanks, AK, USA
Jan. 17

About -35C and clear night here. and the Sun was active a few days ago - so a camera and a tripod were in the car. This is what I could capture before the sensor in the camera froze. Minolta DiMage 7, ISO 800, 4sec f1/2.8, 13 frames in the animation

Frank S. Andreassen,
Harstad, Norway
Jan. 18
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Photo details: Canon 1D-MK2, 24mm f/1.4, 200 iso and 13 sec. exposure

Dylan Cahn,
Hughesville Maryland USA
Jan. 18

I saw a little bit of red upon further investigation found a small red ball of Aurora Cannon g2 400asa 6 sec exposure

Lance Parrish,
Skiland, Alaska
Jan. 18
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The lights were extremely varied and fast moving. Virtually a continuous display from about 10:30 pm on the 17th thru 6:00 am on the 18th. The moon was very bright casting shadows. Nikon D2H with 14 mmm and D1X with 20-35. 800 ISO, 2-8 Secs.

Chuck Johnson,
Cleary Summit, Alaska, just north east of Fairbanks.
Jan. 17
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Got up at 7:30 this morning and the whole southern sky was lit up. These photos are looking south with a G3 geomagnetic storm in progress. Using my old Olympus C3040 set at f1.8, ISO 400 for 16 seconds.

Dennis O'Hara,
Duluth, Minnesota
Jan. 17
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At -40 deg, it was the coldest night of the year so far. As I walked out the door at 5:30AM I noticed the soft glow of the Aurora as it streamed across the northern sky. With camera in hand, I walked down the dark road to a nearby lake to take these images.

Canon 20D, F3.5, 10-15 sec, iso 800, long exposure compensation on.

Kevin Forster,
Jan. 17

Great Display, bright enough to lite up the snow covered ground! Sony F-717 iso 100 f2.0 10-30 sec exp.

Shiori Uchino,
Yellowknife, N.T , Canada
Jan. 15
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Canon EOS 20D, ISO 400, 10s,

Yuichi Takasaka,
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Jan. 17
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It was cloudy until midninght, then the sky cleared and, there were several Break-ups this morning. Pentax *istD, SMCP DA 14mm lens.

Mark Farmer,
upper Cook Inlet, Anchorage, Alaska
Jan. 17
#1, more

I used a tripod mounted Nikon 8800 looking roughly due west, lens set at approximately 35 mm, f2.8, ISO 200, 6 second exposure at at approximately 02:45 AM local time. These auroras were marked by highly active and bright curtain and coronal displays and featured a rare white pulses flashing across the sky at the rate of several flashes per second.

more images: from Aaron Dooley of Eagle River, AK: #1;
from Steven Graham of Rakaia Huts, Canterbury, New Zealand: #1;


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