Northern Lights Photo Gallery
July 2009
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Summary: On July 22nd, a solar wind stream hit Earth and sparked an unexpected display of auroras over parts of Canada and northern-tier US states. See also March 2009.

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Howard Edin,
Valentine, Nebraska
Jul. 22, 2009
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Wednesday morning from my campsite at the Nebraska Star Party by Valentine, NE. After looking at the arc of clouds in the north for 30 minutes I realized they were not clouds! While your eyes could not see the color the first photo I took confirmed my suspicion that this was an auroral glow. An hour later the glow had diminished but occasionally you were seeing more structure in display.

Photo details: Picture taken about 00:45 using a Canon 40D with 12mm lens, 30s at f4, ISO 1600, with some adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Zoltan Kenwell,
Chip lake and Cynthia Alberta.
Jul. 22, 2009
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I recieved an Aurora alert at 11:00pm. By 12:00pm I was shooting about 60 miles from my home. It was a very impressive display that lasted 4.5 hours! I have not slept, but it was totally worth it!

Photo details: Canon 5D Mark II, and a Sigma 12-24mm or a Canon EF 16-35mm L lenses. Mostly 30 second exposures @ 800-1600 ISO.

Mike Boyce,
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Jul. 22, 2009
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Taken from atop the burm literally in front of my doorstep at the south end of Saskatoon.

Photo details: Canon 5D Mark II, 24-70 2.8L. Most were shot 24mm at or around 3.2s @ f/2.8, ISO 2500.

Aaron Kennedy,
Grand Forks, ND
Jul. 22, 2009
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Solid show for July! Pretty greens with some hints of purple. Late night show... these were recorded around 3am local time.

Photo details: Canon 20D at ISO 1600 at various exposures.

Paul Meisel,
Ward County, North Dakota
Jul. 22, 2009
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After over a year of little to no activity visible here I was quite surprised to see a nice green auroral display tonight. The aurora covered the entire northern sky however it was primarily brightest due east of my location.

more images:
from Steven C Oviatt of Calagry, Alberta, Canada