December 2006
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  Summary: A coronal mass ejection hit Earth on Dec. 14th, sparking a severe (Kp=8) geomagnetic storm and auroras seen as far south as Arizona. The source of the CME was an X3-class explosion from sunspot 930 on Dec. 13th.
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Chris VenHaus,
North Prairie WI
Dec. 14, 2006
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Shortly after sunset, the auroras were out in full glory. An excellent, but brief display that was the earliest in the evening I can ever remember... The parially frozen lake was a nice bonus...

Thad V'Soske,
Grand Valley, Colorado, USA
Dec. 14, 2006
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Clouds were moving in while the crimson aurora glowed above the northern horizon on December 14, 2006 at 11:32pm (local time).

Tony Wilder,
Chippewa Falls, WI
Dec. 15, 2006
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December 14/15 will go down in Spaceweather history as one of the best days for Aurora photogaphers. Lucky ME I had 98% cloud cover with 20 mph winds. I must have done SOMETHING right in my previous life. I captured these at 2am CST on the 15th with my Canon 30D SIGMA f2.8 17mm at ISO 1600 for 6 seconds. I am glad not everyone had cloud cover, and to those of you that did like I did.....I feel your pain!!

Beth Norman,
Liberty, Pennsylvania, USA
Dec. 14, 2006
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Auroras are usually not visible in my area of Pennsylvania, so whenever they appear - I sit out with my camera. As I was snapping pictures, I had a couple of meteorites from the Geminid show streak through my pictures, along with the regular airplane. The white glow is light pollution from a strip mine 12 miles away.

Photo Details: Canon Digital Rebel, 400 ASA, 66s exposure

Bernd Kaifler,
Tromso, Norway
Dec. 14, 2006
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Photo details: Olympus C-4040 Zoom, 9 p.m. local time

Andy Collins,
Monticello, Indiana
Dec. 14, 2006

The color shifted from prominent green to red/green and alternated between bands across the sky to pulsating pillars as I watched. Absolutely stunning!

Photo details: Canon 20D, ISO 800, 30s exposure.

Leon Choin,
Glacier Park in Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA
Dec. 14, 2006
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Images where taken right after sunset on Dec 14th. I was watching the aurora alerts all afternoon on and was very excited about them happening that night. I noticed the sky starting to glow while driving home from work. A huge arc formed around the north with columns moving up from the top of the arc. At times small clouds formed to the east and west. One of the clouds was so bright that it blocked out M45! Could easily see the reds and greens.

Photo details: Canon 300D, 20 sec, 18mm lens @ f/5.0

Fritz Byle,
Washington County, Wisconsin
Dec. 14, 2006

Photo details: Canon 5D, 24-70L, 30s @ ISO 800, f/2.8

John Vandehei,
Galesburg, Michigan
Dec. 14, 2006
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We are hosting a foreign exchange student from Germany who has never seen auroras before, so I got a picture of her with the northern lights in the background.

Photo details: Canon G2, ISO 200 15 sec. exposure, f/2.5

more images: from Sean Walker of Chester, New Hammpshire; from Graeme Whipps at the Chapel Of Garioch in Aberdeenshire, Scotland; from Larry Burdick near Hickory Corners, Michigan; from Mark Harsma of Pierre, South Dakota;