August 27-28, 2001 Aurora Gallery
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Summary: An interplanetary shock wave buffeted Earth's magnetosphere on Monday, August 27th, at 19:52 UT (3:52 p.m. EDT). The shock wave was the leading edge of a solar coronal mass ejection (CME) that left the Sun on Saturday, August 25th, when sunspot group 9591 unleashed a powerful X5-class solar flare. The impact triggered modest auroras across Europe, Canada and the northernmost United States.

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Jan Lameer, the Netherlands
Aug 28.
#1, #2, more Photo #1 shows a meteor (magnitude -2) streaking against a backdrop of colorful auroras. Click here for movies.

John Russell, Nome, Alaska
Aug 28.
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, more J. Russell: "Although there wasn't quite the activity we were hoping for, there was some nice substorming activity, which continued into near daylight." Photo details: Nikkor 35mm@f2, 13 and 15 seconds on Superia 800 film.

Marco Verstraaten, St. Annaparochie,
Aug 28.
#1, #2 Photo #1 captured an Iridium satellite flare against a backdrop of red-hued auroras. Photo details: Fuji 400 Superia film, 28 mm. f 2.8, 1-3 min exposures.

Jody Majko, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Aug 28.
#1 J. Majko: "I watched the aurora here in Winnipeg for about an hour this morning at 1 AM CST. They were such a bright green that stretched across the northern sky that I was able to see them through all the light pollution in the city."

Lyndon Anderson, 15 miles north of Bismarck, North Dakota
Aug 27-28.
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, more Photo details: Pentax ZX-M camera, 50 mm pentax lens with 1.4 aperature, 10-30 second exposure times, Fuji Superia 800 film

Dominic Cantin, Quebec, Canada
Aug 28.
#1, #2 D. Cantin: "This was not a big display , but there were a few good moments with rays up to 35° high." Photo details: 28mm @ f2.8, 25 seconds, Kodak Supra 400 film.

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