September 2005
Aurora Gallery
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Summary: Sunspot 798, which sparked strong auroras in August 2005, returned to the Earth-facing side of the sun on Sept. 7th and immediately unleashed an X17-class solar flare, one of the brightest ever recorded. Subsequent flares and CMEs from the active region buffeted Earth's magnetic field on Sept 10th and 11th, causing a strong geomagnetic storm. Auroras were seen from Alaska and Arizona.

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Chris Schur,
Payson, Arizona
Sep. 10
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Once again our Robotic Aurora Cam has succeeded in capturing the aurora in Arizona. The brightest period was short lived, and provided us with a deep ruby glow in the north east. All images are 10 minutes of exposure, with a 16mm f/3.5 zenitar fisheye lens on Supra 400. Thank you Space Weather PHONE for the tip!

Philippe Moussette,
Iles d'orléand Québec Canada
Sep. 11
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This aurora was taked whit Canon 20 d exposed 5 to 10 secondes at 1600ASA whit 8mm lent

Clifford Murphy,
Just north-west of of Moscow, Idaho, USA
Sep. 11
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I went out from 11:00PM to 12:30AM and around 11:30 there appeared to be some green tint, but was very faint to the eye. Clouds eventually covered up the view to the north and you can see them moving in the pictures. Captured with a Canon Digital Rebel (300d) & 18-55mm lens @ 18mm f/3.5, ISO 800, 4 minute 30 sec bulb exposure w/ a home-made 20ft long release cable.

Chris Gray,
Moosehorn Dist. MB Canada
Sep. 12
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About 4:00am local time, I was treated to the best Aroral Pulsation display I have seen this season. The 'bursts' or 'pulses' shot completely across the sky. Photo #2 was taken looking straight south over Lake Manitoba. Can't wait to see what Sunspot 798 will bring for the rest of the week.

Carol Lakomiak,
Tomahawk WI, USA 45N // 89W
Sep. 11
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What a beautiful night! There were visible red and green colors, flowing curtains, flickering wave-like pulsations, and fabulous coronal displays. (Olympus OM-1n // 400 Fuji film.)

Guy Desrosiers,
Lac Delage, Québec, Canada
Sep. 11
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What a show last saturday night! It was the first time that i could watch auroras and take pictures. I did all i could do to keep my horizon level and to focus in the dark. It's much tougher that i thought!! Still, the show was incredible and i will always remember. Kodac UC400, f/4, 20 sec, 28mm.

Daryl Pederson,
the Twenty Mile River area in south cenral Alaska.
Sep. 10
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The aurora started as soon as it was dark enough to see them and the early activity was quite nice.

Garett Mosher,
Square Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sep. 11
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First time I've ever witnessed Aurora Borealis in person, and I can't even find words to descibe it. Details: Canon EOS 20D, Shutter speed 68 seconds, @ f/8 18mm ISO 400.

Jarkko Rosenström,
Saarijarvi FINLAND
Sep. 10
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Camera Canon EOS 350D Tv10s Av4.5 ISO400. I have finished images.

Mila Zinkova,
From the commercial plane around Arctic Polar Circle
Sep. 10
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I was flying from Resolute Bay to Ottawa. Somebody woked me up and I looked in the window. The sky was lit with Aurora. I know these pictures are not very good ones, but it is hard to take picture of Aurora from a plane and with no tripod. Besides all lights was on in the plane and the pilot refused to turn them off because dinner was served at the moment. My husband came up with the idea to cover me with a dark coat. I still do not understand how somebody could think about dinner, when one can watch such a show.

more images: from Gregory Tang of Frankfort, Maine (Sept 11th); from Mika Yrjölä of Espoo, Finland (Sept. 13); from Daryl Dinwiddie at Discovery Bay, Port Townsend, WA (Sept 10); from Dan Siff of Oakland, Maine (Sept. 11); from Sathi Wagner of Dippikill Warrensburg, NY (Sept. 11); from Rick Lewis of Cicero, NY (Sept. 11);

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