January 2011
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  Summary: A series of high speed solar wind streams hit Earth in January 2011, sparking the first auroras of the New Year. See also December 2010.  
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Paul McCrone,
Processed at FNMOC , Monterey, CA
Jan. 13, 2011
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Mosaic of DMSP images from 12-13 Jan 2011 showing the Auroral Oval.

Fredrik Broms,
Kvaløya, Norway
Jan. 13, 2011
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What a month January has been! The beauty of the Arctic is still in full swing. After a peak in activity on Jan 7/8, strong auroras have been observed during each night for a full week now, beginning after nightfall and going on for most of the night until early morning. "The aurora week" saved it`s nicest display until the last day: tonight the sky exploded in green and purple bands and curtains - the strong Moon-light only added to the beauty. Here is a shot of a very happy aurora watcher in the Norwegian mountains. Nikon D3, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8, 2-13 secs, ISO 1000

Thilo Bubek,
Kattfjordeide near Tromsø
Jan. 13, 2011
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Even if strong aurora were forecasted for tomorrow, also today strong auroras showed up already in the late afternoon. The whole evening was a perfect show with strong auroras in many colours. Together with some clouds and moonlight we could capture fantastic images.

Frank Olsen,
Rekvik outside Tromsø, Norway
Jan. 13, 2011
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Tromsø, Norway: The Aurora is pouring into the arctic theese days. Submitted images from last night are taken at Rekvik bay, Kvaløya island outside Tromsø, Norway. With theese strong outburst, I can reduse the shutter speed to 1 - 2 seconds. Canon EOS 7D, Tokina 11 - 16 f/2.8

Chad Blakley,
Abisko National Park, Sweden
Jan. 14, 2011
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Another great night at the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko!! We all had high hopes after seeing the predictions on spaceweather.com, and we were not disappointed. The aurora was strong enough to be seen with a bright moon, and clear skies. We are hoping for more great lights tomorrow!! Shot with a Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16 2.8 at 1600 ISO. 7-10 second exposures.

Njål Gulbrandsen,
Langnes, Tromsø, Norway
Jan. 12, 2011
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This picture is taken at Langnes, Tromsø with a view towards Kvaløya and Kvaløybrua (the bridge seen in the picture). A thin fog was covering the bridge, and a few minutes after I took this picture I had to give up because the fog was covering me as well. Photo details: Canon EOS 40D, Tokina 11-16mm, f/3.2, 16 sec, ISO 400.

more images: from Jan Hugo Salamonsen of Kattfjorden on Kvaløya, Norway; from Branislav Beliancin of Spjelkavik, Norway
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