July 2004
Aurora Gallery
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Summary: On July 24th, a weak coronal mass ejection from giant sunspot 652 buffeted Earth's magnetic field. The CME itself didn't trigger a strong geomagnetic storm, but the high-speed solar wind in the CME's wake did. The storm was fueled by a south-pointing interplanetary magnetic field. See also the May-June 2004 aurora gallery.

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Wade B Clark Jr,
Baker Lake, Washington State, USA
Jul. 24
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Wonderful aurora tonight! Arcs, rayed bands, rays, wave like pulsations...it was fantastic! Photos taken with a Canon Digital Rebel, 18mm f 3.5 lens.

Mark Farmer,
On high ground looking SW over Cook Inlet, Alaska.
Jul. 25
#1, more

A little over one month has past since the summer solstice, the sky is finally dark enough to see the aurora. It has been at least two and half months since I have seen the northern lights and I am happy to have them back. I used an Olympus C-5050 set at 200 ISO, f 1.8, 4 seconds

Alister Ling,
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Jul. 25
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I didn't have my camera for the best part of the show, 2 minutes of swirling purples and greens in the corona just after midnight! Canon 10D ISO400, my first time trying auroras with it.

Tammy Mortensen,
Ashton Observatory in Baxter, Iowa.
Jul. 24
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I used a Canon 10D set between 15 and 30 seconds each. I was amazed with the purples/red that we saw. I even was surprised that I was able to catch a meteor in one of the shots. Not bad for middle latitude and my third time of seeing auroras.

Jack Newton,
Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada
Jul. 25
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The sky, pulsating with bursts of color, was lit up past the zenith with bright green and some light pink. Canon EOS digital Rebel, one minute exposures at f 3.5 iso 800.

Greg Sellek,
West of Madison, Wisconsin on the Wisconsin River.
Jul. 25
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Nice Aurora. Occasional pillars, but most just this green glow along the horizon. I even caught a perseid (I think) in one of these! Canon 10D, ISO 800, 30 sec, 28mm lens.

Jesse Phillips,
Lake Vermilion, Minnesota, USA
Jul. 24
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The auroras were amazing on this night. Not long after sunset, the sky was glowing with vibrating lights. Even without the aid of camera, some nice red and purples could be seen. The display was beautiful and I watched it for hours and filled my media card with pictures. Photo details: Sony Cybershot DSC-F717 digital camera, 100-200 ASA, f2.0, 8-20s exposure (depending on auroras brightness).

Larry A. Stevens,
Saylorville Lake, NW of Des Moines, IA
Jul. 25
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First time at capturing red into purple into blue aurorae. 15 second exposures with a Canon S500 Digital Elph.

Travis Favretto,
Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
Jul. 25
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The display was strong from when I went out at 10:30 PM EST until I finally decided to come home at 3:00 AM. The highlights: around 11:00, bright green and red arcs, as well as purple rays were visible. Around 12:15, pulsations were visible at zenith and up to roughly 120 from the northern horizon. And from about 1:15 until 2:30, huge green arcs were visible, some with hints of red. I'm sure glad I didn't go out to the bar tonight. Taken with a Canon PowerShot A60, 15-second exposures at f2.8, ISO200.

Cor Manders,
Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Jul. 24
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Pictures taken late night of July 24th and into 25th. Large waves crossing the night sky in surges. Picture Details - Canon Digital Regel, 400 ASA, varied times and aperture settings, zoom lens set at 18mm (29mm equivalent)

 

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