July 2004
Aurora Gallery
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Summary: On July 24th, a weak coronal mass ejection from giant sunspot 652 buffeted Earth's magnetic field. The CME itself didn't trigger a strong geomagnetic storm, but the high-speed solar wind in the CME's wake did. The storm was fueled by a south-pointing interplanetary magnetic field. See also the May-June 2004 aurora gallery.

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Jerry Chab,
Nebraska/Kansas State line South of Falls City, Ne.
Jul. 24
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7

These were taken with a Canon 10D, ISO 800 w/ exposures of 15-50 seconds. I caught the tail-end of the display for this far South. It was the first purple aurora I've ever seen.

Brian Seeber,
Massena, NY
Jul. 24
#1, #2, #3

The lights were very active and shimmered a lot. Taken with a Nikon Coolpix 5400, ISO 100, 1 minute exposure.

Michael Walker,
Sturgeon Lake 140km NE of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Oct. 25

Clouds didn't help. Taken with a Nikon D70, 100ASA, 28mm Lens, 30 second exposure over Sturgeon Lake.

Michael Rubin,
Somewhere over Northern Canada at 35,000 feet in the back of a 747.
Jul. 25
#1, more

I was flying on a night flight to London, UK from San Francisco. I knew from spaceweather.com there was a chance of an aurora on the way. I have never seen an aurora before so was keen to catch one. Then I caught this just as dawn was breaking on the horizon, adding another dimension to the image. Canon Powershot A80 digital camera, 15s exposure, ISO200 (hence the slight graininess).

Yuichi Takasaka,
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Jul. 25
#1, #2, #3, #4, more

The lights were so bright even in downtown Vancouver tonight. Pentax *istD DSLR, SMC DA14mm F2.8 lens, ISO400

Philippe Moussette,
Observatoire Mont Cosmos St-Elzéar Québec Canada
Jul. 24
#1, #2, #3, #4, more

This aurora was taken with a Canon digital rebel 300D camera and a fisheye lens at 1600ASA, exposed 15 secondes.

Greg Owen,
Rochester, Washington, USA
Jul. 25
#1, #2

The color in these auroras was very vivid for southern Washington. The show lasted at least 3 hours.

Scott Johnson,
Caribou, Maine, USA
Jul. 25
#1, #2, #3, #4, more

This was the first sighting of the Aurora in my lifetime. I had my Nikon Coolpix 5400 set up for night time shooting, ASA 100 equiv, at 1 Minute exposure. I now have some pictures to share with Spaceweather.com, a site I've been visiting for years.

David Lee,
Victoria, BC Canada
Jul. 25

It was the second night of the Island Star Party here on Vancouver Island when aurora was seen pulsing over the trees just before midnight. Here the Big Dipper is visible through the veil of the aurora glow. Photo details: Fuji S2, 16mmAF/2.8 Nikkor Fisheye, ISO 1600, F/2.8, 32 seconds.

Peg Zenko,
Green Bay, WI, USA
Jul. 25
#1, #2, #3, more

I went out at midnight, and in the next 2 hours saw an amazing range of color and aurora type. Very distinct green curtains with red & purple until 01:00, when they faded and started flashing, like ghostly shockwaves across the northern horizon.


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