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

Fredrik Broms,
Kvaløya, Norway
Dec. 20, 2009
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As a starter for`s predicted aurora-show tonight, the sky in Northern Norway turned green last night. A few late Geminids made their way through the green sky.

Photo details: Nikon D3, Nikkor 20mm, various exposures

Karl Johnston,
Fort smith, nwt, canada
Dec. 23, 2009
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Auroras and rainbows at night: What's actually happening in these shots, at least I theorize, is the rainbow is coming from the condensation blending on the moonlight. The rainbow is being created from the water droplets in the air as they rise out of the rapids. The green bands are the aurora borealis. The stars are the stars and get the picture. As these shots were taken around midnight. The purple hue is coming from the town lights behind me about 1.5kms up the side of the cliff I had just climbed down (I'm not that hardcore yet, though, there is winding 75 degree trail that you have to slip down).

Piotr Slawomir Latkowski,
Dec. 22, 2009
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I call this photo ''Santa Claus Is Coming to Town''. An airplane landing at Keflavik airport flew into my frame while i shot this photo :-)

Wioleta Zarzycka,
Dec. 23, 2009

Photo details: Nikon D40, F3.5, ISO400, 20s.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for everyone! Good (space)weather, clear sky, more Auroras in 2010!

Claus Vogel,
Dec. 1, 2009
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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years. Here's to another year of astronomical wonders!! Happy Holidays from Baffin Island.

more images:
from Therese van Nieuwenhoven of Laukvik, Lofoten islands, Norway; from Sylvain Serre of Salluit, Nunavik, Quebec, Canada