Northern Lights Photo Gallery
January 2010
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Summary: After a two-year lull, solar activity is slowly picking up again. The increase could herald brighter displays of Northern Lights in 2010. Stay tuned! See also Dec. 2009.

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Claus Vogel,
Pangnirtung, Nunavut Canada (Baffin Island)
Jan. 7, 2010
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Tonight the ice fog lifted in time to catch a brief glimpse of the northern lights. Wicked temperature changes from -6 oC to -30 oC within a couple of days have actually created some wild weather patterns which included a thick blanket of ice fog that blocked our view of the evening sky. With my camera bag and tripod handy it only took a few seconds to set up my gear to capture tonight's lights. I couldn't help but stare in awe at these celestial night shows.

Photo details: Nikon D700, Nikkor lens 14-24mm f/2.8 1000ASA 10secs.

Akhmetsafin Ruslan,
Aikhal, Jakutija, Russia
Jan. 4, 2010
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Photo details: Nikon D3, Lens Nikon 14-24 mm, ISO 2000, 30s exposure, 04.01.2010 22.51 UT

Ross Ellet,
10 miles Northeast Of Fairbanks, AK, USA
Jan. 3, 2010
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The aurora started off as a faint whitish green color that almost looked like a distant cloud. Then a dominant band stayed in the northeast sky with a couple substorms that brought pulsing curtains for a few minutes before the activity weakened again. The activity began around 11pm and ended around 2:30 am. The temperature outside was around 30 below zero at the time the photographs were taken. BRRRR!

Photo details: Nikon D50, 200 ASA, 15 to 25 sec exposure. Most photos were taken with a 20mm lens with a f-stop of 2.5. A few photos were taken with a 50mm lens and a f-stop of 1.8.

Claus Vogel,
Pangnirtung, Nunavut (Baffin Island, Canada)
Jan. 5, 2010
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New Year lights over Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Finally, after a few cloudy days and a 4 day blizzard the skies cleared tonight to reveal the first auroral display of 2010. Mild temperatures at this time of year created a heavy ice fog which blanketed the community while the aurora danced over head. A couple kids came over to me to investigate what I was doing and within a few minutes they were trying their hands at northern lights photography - we even played with the flashlight to write 2010. Here's to more astronomical wonders for the year ahead.

Lance Parrish,
Skiland, Alaska (20 miles NE of Fairbanks)
Jan. 11, 2010

Weak continuous aurora, but active movement.

Photo details: Nikon D3, 14-24mm f.28 @ 6 secs, ISO 1600

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