March 2004
Aurora Gallery
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Summary: Earth encountered a solar wind stream on March 9th, and that sparked auroras for several days. The best displays were at high latitudes: Alaska, Canada, Scandinavia and some norther-tier US states like Wisconsin and Minnesota. Two more solar wind streams caused geomagnetic storms on March 12-13 and 18-19. See also the February 2004 aurora gallery.

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Anssi Mäntykivi,
Mar. 09
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Canon Powershot s30.Iso400,F2.8,15sec.

Adam Zier-Vogel,
Hinton, Alberta, Canada
Mar. 09
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The clouds and reflected town lights (ie. light pollution) provided an interesting counterpoint to the auroral light show.

Sari Kivelä,
Oulu, Finland
Mar. 09
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March 9th auroras were like the fireworks. The hole sky full of bright colours and I could capture only a fraction of them. Those beautiful auroras last over 5 hours. Camera info: Nikon F601, 28 mm lense at f/2.8 30 sec. exposure. (film, Fuji sensia 400).

Pekka Parviainen,
SW corner of Finland.
Mar. 19
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A strange and lonesome green glow grew from NW totally unexpectedly, while northern horizon did have aurora glow all night disturbing astrophotography. At about 22 UT a 15 minute 'burst' did show few light columns.

Michael Klensch,
Skagway, Alaska, USA.
Mar. 01
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I took these photos of the Moon, Venus and aurora looking across the fjord from the boat harbour in my town of Skagway, Alaska. I went out specifically to take photos of the Moon and Venus. But just as they were setting behind Mt. Harding, the aurora joined these celestial dance partners to make for a perfect ending to a beautiful night out watching the northern Sky.

Stephane Levesque,
Luceville, Quebec Canada
Mar. 16
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Pekka Parviainen,
SW corner of Finland
Mar. 10
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To me this was a surprise as there were no expectations of aurora. A strange green glow just became visible in NW at about 19.45 UT and lasted about 20-30 minutes.

Nigel Counihan,
Chena Hot Springs, Near Fairbanks Alaska
Mar. 18
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Photos were taken with Fuji S2pro, ISO800, 17mm, f2.8, 15 and 30 seconds exposure. Temperatures were -35c, batteries failed frequently! A corona later in the week at Skiland, near Fairbanks was visible through a partial clearing of cloudy skies.

Dianne Gagne,
Prince George. British Columbia. Canada
Mar. 09
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Minolta 9000. 100ASA film. 10-25 second exposure. 1.4mm lens


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