Nov. 26-28, 2000 Aurora Gallery
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Summary: A remarkable sequence of solar eruptions between Nov. 24th and 27th propelled a series of 5 (or more) coronal mass ejections toward Earth. One CME after another buffeted Earth's magnetosphere from Nov. 26th to the 29th, but the repeated shocks did not trigger mid-latitude aurora as many sky watchers had hoped. Nevertheless, observers above 55 degrees geomagnetic latitude enjoyed beautiful displays of Northern (and Southern) Lights.

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Debbie Gill-Fox, Christchurch, New Zealand #1 Debbie Gill-Fox: "This image was taken just south of Christchurch, New Zealand, at around local midnight (1100UTC) on 29-11-00, using f3.5, 30 second exposure, on 800 ASA Fuji film. The bright stars at the left of the image are the Southern Cross."

John Russell, Nome, Alaska #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 John Russell: "Last night (12:00 to 01:30 am local time on the 28th of Nov) I saw the most fantastic aurora I've ever seen. I couldn't see ANY stars through the glare. Beautiful displays lasted several hours into the morning. During these shots I could read the LCD on my camera; it lit the landscape up brighter than a full moon." Typical photo settings: Nikon N90s camera; 35mm Nikkor F2.0 lens; 6 second exposures on Fuji NHG II Pro800 film.

Jan Curtis, Fairbanks, Alaska #1, #2, more Jan Curtis: "On 27 Nov. at 9PM AST, based on ACE spacecraft alert of an impending solar wind shock wave, I waited outside at -10F as a faint curtain gave way to a active display (#2) at 9:05PM (L), at 9:15PM (R), #1 at 9:20PM (T), at 9:25PM (B)." Photo settings: 35 mm f/2.0 setting on Kodak Royal Gold print film.

Wade B Clark Jr, Hamilton, Washington State #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 Wade Clark: "This display between 12 midnight and 12:45am PST on Nov. 28th was almost totally colorless while viewing (except for a bit of green near the horizon). Obviously the film picks up the colors much better than the eye. Not a spectacular display, but beautiful nonetheless." Photo settings: Fuji NHG II 800 speed color negative film, exposures reange from 25 to 40 seconds.

Noreen Harding, Aberdeen, Scotland #1, #2 Noreen Harding: "I live south of Aberdeen in Scotland, and travelled about 4 miles inland to be free of my village lights and the light pollution from Aberdeen. In reality the aurora seemed faint, although we did catch a red streak at one point, and I am amazed at the colour on these images. Exposure was between 30 and 50 seconds at 3.5 aperture on 400 speed film."

Larry Lane, Fargo, North Dakota #1 Larry Layne: "I took this picture at 2:45am CST on Nov 27, 2000, just north of Fargo. It was my first photo of the Northern Lights!"

Mark Simpson, near Calgary, Alberta, Canada #1, #2, #3, more Mark Simpson captured these photos on Nov. 26, 2000 using a Pentax LX SLR camera. Film: NHGII Fuji Pro, 800ASA. Lens: 28mm, f2.8. 4-30 second exposures. Simpson: "The third picture contains Orion in the center; notice the very fine blue streaks in the aurora."

Yusuke Ebihara, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna, Sweden #1 Yusuke Ebihara: "The picture was taken at approx. 2000 UT on Nov. 26, 2000, when the horizontal component of the ground magnetic field showed a negative excursion, that is, a large substorm. Prior to this, I saw an extremely intense red aurorae between 1830 and 1930 UT." Photo settings: Film: Kodak Royal Gold 400; Camera: Nikon New FM-2; Lens Nikkor 24mm f2.0.

Ryan Kramer, Grand Forks, ND #1, #2, #3, #4, more Ryan Kramer: "These pics were taken from Grand Forks, ND, on the morning of 11-26 during the early morning (1:00 AM to 3:00 AM) I didn't expect aurora, so my camera was mounted on a telescope at the time (hence the slightly skewed view) and I couldn't take the time to set it up on it's own tripod."

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