Northern Lights Photo Gallery
December 2009
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Summary: The deepest solar minimum in nearly 100 years has not put a stop to Northern Lights around the Arctic Circle. Solar wind streams hitting Earth's magnetic field have triggered several beautiful displays this month--including one doozy during the Geminid meteor shower. See also Nov. 2009.

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Bjørnar G. Hansen,
Kvaløya near Tromsø
Dec. 13, 2009

A Geminid meteor streaks through the Northern Lights

Photo details: Nikon D3 Nikon lens 14-24mm/2,8 at 15mm 30 sec at 2,8

M-P Markkanen,
Kuusamo, Finland
Dec. 13, 2009
#1, #2, #3

We took a trip away from the light pollution of the city to have a look at the Geminids and we were treated with some faint Auroras as well. Lovely -20 degrees so the battery of my camera died out quite quickly. We were on the sight between 8pm-10pm local time and saw a lot of Geminids. Sometimes even something like 3 fireballs within seconds and they were all over the sky. Don't know if all of them were Geminids though. I only managed to catch one faint Geminid with my camera diving in to the display of Auroras. And when i got back home i was treated with another kind of light phenomenon of ice crystals: Light Pillars danced in the icy sky like auroras as a few Geminids flew pass in the background. All in all a lovely spaceweather day again !

Photo details: Nikon D80, picture 1# - Auroras & Geminid Meteor, pictures 2# & 3# - Light Pillars

Karl Johnston,
Fort Smith, NWT, Canada
Dec. 14, 2009
#1, more

I went out to photo the geminids and wasn't sure what to expect. I had photographed the perseid shower and managed to get a shot with up to 8-12 meteors and the aurora way back in april! I was hoping for similar results, and while I saw a lot of meteors I only managed to capture just this one. Brilliant blue streaks across the sky. I will be going out again to try for another few shots.

Photo details: Carl zeiss 21 2.8 and Canon 5D Mark II

more images:
from Sylvain Serre of Salluit, Nunavik, Quebec, Canada; from Helge Mortensen of Kvaløya, Tromso, Norway; from Claus Vogel of Pangnirtung, Nunavut (Canada's arctic)