June 2008

Summary: On June 25th, the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) near Earth tipped south, opening a crack in Earth's magnetic defenses against the solar wind. Solar wind poured in and fueled a bright display of Southern and Northern Lights. See also May 2008.

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

J. Dana Hrubes,
90 degrees South Latitude, the Geographic South Pole
Jun. 25, 2008
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We had some good auroras at the geographic South Pole today after a very quiet month. The South Pole Telescope and the BICEP Telescope are in 3 of the photos. Both are Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) telescopes.

Photo details: Canon Rebel XTI 400D, 10 mm lens

--J. Dana Hrubes, Station Science Leader, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica

Tenho Tuomi,
near Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada
Jun. 25, 2008

Photo details: Canon Rebel XT camera, 20 sec, F/3.5, ISO 1600.

Yuichi Takasaka,
Lumby, British Columbia, Canada
Jun. 15, 2008
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I was testing a equatorial mount when I found this faint Aurora in the Northern sky. The Moon was pretty bright that's why I didn't notice Aurora earlier I guess. It was nice to see Aurora in June. Pentax K20D, 14mm and 50mm lens.