April 2011

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  Summary: A solar wind stream hit Earth's magnetic field on April 12th, sparking Northern Lights as far south as Michigan and Minnesota in the USA. See also March 2011.  
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Shawn Malone,
Marquette MI USA
Apr. 12, 2011
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Coaxed myself out of bed around 4am, and was treated to a lightshow! Many of these images have high light pollution and the aurora had no problem shining right through. The curtains were spectacular. I think the sun IS waking up :D Couldn't believe the color on some of the images, all out of the camera raw. Watched them until the sunlight wiped them out. 5dMii 14mm f2.8 varying iso and shutter speed.

Anton Balatskiy,
Apr. 12, 2011
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It was the first bright lights over the past few years. bright flashes covered half the sky the zenith glowed bright crown Canon EOS 40D, EF-S 10-22mm, 30s exposure

Neal Brown,
Fairbanks, Alaska
Apr. 12, 2011

Soaring aurora over whirling bicycle wheel wind vane. 5 second exposure, ISO 1600, Canon T2i with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 lens 1:30 am 12 April 2011

Doug Kiesling,
Saint Cloud, MN
Apr. 12, 2011
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Stayed up all night waiting under a perfect clear sky for the Auroras and got to see a perfect multicolored display that lit up the sky just after 4:00 AM. I had to stop as the sun started to come up and wash out the Auroras.

Giovanni Cappelli,
in the tundra, 30 km east of Murmansk, Russia Federation
Apr. 6, 2011
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i'm over the polar circle at the moment, in northern Russia, Kola peninsula. I've been taking so many pictures of auroras, but this year is starting really good, some amazing displays, even a huge meteor a few weeks ago..really happy

Chad Blakley,
Abisko National Park, Sweden
Apr. 13, 2011
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Another great night in Abisko!! Some friends of ours from Germany were here hoping to catch a glimpse of their first auroras..they were not disappointed. As the sun was setting we saw the first lights of the night, an hour later as the sun was rising we saw the last big eruption of the evening. Tonight is the end to another great aurora season here in Abisko. I cant wait to see what the next year will bring!! Shot with a Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-17 2.8 ISO 1250, 5 -7 second exposures.

Warren Gammel,
Fairbanks, Alaska
Apr. 12, 2011
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It's been a very good week for auroras! The sky lit up in a spectacular display about 1:20 this morning and was quite active for about an hour. There where swirls, curtains, long rays, coronas and pulsating auroras all making for a rewarding night of sky watching. Canon D7 and Canon T1i.

more images: from Colin McLellan of Regina Saskatchewan,Canada; from Colin Peart of Camrose, Alberta; from Lyle Anderson of Duluth, MN; from Monika Petersen of South of Williams Lake, BC; from Dorian Tsai of Kiruna, Sweden