April 2006
Aurora Gallery

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Summary: The interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) tilted south on April 5th, opening a crack in Earth's magnetic defenses. Solar wind flowed in and sparked an unexpected display of auroras.

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Clint Austin,
Two Harbors, Minnesota, USA
Apr. 05

I woke up to see dancing Aurora about 5 AM. I rushed to a dark area near my house and was fighting the twilight when I shot this image. EOS 20D at 30 seconds.

Shawn Malone,
Michigan, USA
Apr. 05

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I stepped outside about 2am. The sky was pretty clouded, but could see aurora through the clouds. Got in car to drive to some more scenic spots, the clouds cleared and I watched a fantastic display until sunrise! Canon 5D various ISO and exp.

Eskil Olsen,
Aldersundet North Norway
Apr. 03

Canon 1Ds 400 iso 25s exposure

Wade B Clark Jr,
Hamilton, Washington
Apr. 05
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I awoke at 4:50 Pacific Daylight Time to find an aurora display in progress! I grabbed my camera and headed out to the front yard and this is what was captured. Green color readily seen, reds and purples also faintly seen. Display was continuing as dawn approached and washed it all away. A beautiful and pleasing display it was!

Cliff Senkbeil,
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Apr. 05
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When I took these photos the aurora was flashing rapidly! Photo details : Kodak EasyShare DX7440, 400 ASA, 32 second exposure.

Paul L Meisel,
Ward County, North Dakota. USA
Apr. 05
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Due to uncooperative weather I missed the aurora shows in March but I was happy to see that there was a little Aurora activity going on this morning. Low clouds over Minot, North Dakota are illuminated from below by the city lights, which accounts for the red color against the background of green Aurora.

Tony Wilder,
Chippewa Falls, WI
Apr. 05
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I captured these in my backyard at 4 AM. Shot at ISO 400 F1.8 for 27 seconds.

Carol Lakomiak,
Tomahawk Wisconsin, USA - 89.7N/45.5W
Apr. 05

What a nice surprise! I was out with my telescope when I noticed this diffuse arc. It remained fairly low but was pretty bright. Nice to see The Lights again. Nikon Coolpix 4300, 20 second exposure.

more images: from Ben Nicholson of Armstrong, BC, Canada;

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