May 2005
Aurora Gallery
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Summary: A coronal mass ejection hit Earth's magnetic field on May 29th. The impact was weak and, at first, geomagnetic activity remained low. Hours after impact, however, activity surged. A strong geomagnetc storm began when south-pointing magnetic fields in the wake of the CME swept past Earth. These south-pointing fields caused a hole to open in Earth's magnetic field through which the solar wind could flow. Solar wind energy, in turn, fueled the auroras. [See also the April 2005 aurora gallery.]

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Lance Taylor,
Dolberg Lake, Alberta, Canada
May. 30
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The perfect end to our fishing group trip with members of the Northern Lights Fly Tyers & Fishers Club. We are quite blessed to see auroras often up north on our fishing trips whenever we take time to walk away from the campfire. These were fairly bright despite the midnight twighlight at this latitude, and were very fast pulsing.

Tim Blanco,
Long Island, New York, USA
May. 29
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It's almost midnight EST and the sky is red. There is no movement in the sky, just a general red auroral glow. Photo Details: Canon 20D, Sigma 20mm 1.8. 30sec exposure, 800ASA

Christopher D. Perry,
St. Louis County, Minnesota.
May 30
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I used a Canon Digital camera on all of the photos.

Yuichi Takasaka,
New Aiyansh, British Columbia, Canada
May. 30
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Neighbourhood dogs were barking very noisily around the village, I went outside to found out green lights all over the sky. I wonder if dogs can feel something. Pentax *istD, SMC-FA 24mm lens.

Jeffrey R Hapeman,
Lac du Flambeau, WI
May. 29

Very bright but diffuse aurora from the CME last night. Highest intensity was between 12:30 and 1:30am Central Daylight time. There were rays and beams, and the show was quite impressive. I used a Canon 1Ds Mark II at ISO 1600 to capture this 30s exposure at f/2. The pinks reds and blues were not visible to the naked eye.

Laurence Harry,
Nanaimo BC Canada ( 49N 124W )
May. 29
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The Aurora was stronger tonight with some blue and purple mixed in with the normal green that I occasionally see from 49 degrees North, 124 degrees west. Canon Digital Rebel 300D, 800 ISO, 25 to 57 sec. f/3.5


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