May 2008

Summary: A solar wind stream hit Earth on May 20th causing a mild geomagnetic storm and Northern Lights around the Arctic Circle. See also April 2008.

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Sylvain Serre,
Salluit, Nunavik, Quebec, Canada
May. 21, 2008
#1, #2, #3, #4, more

The auroras of May 21st were so bright, they were visible in the twilight blue sky above Nunavik, Quebec.

"The sky is blue at 1 o'clock in the morning when I took these pictures," says photographer Sylvain Serre. "At our latitude at this time of year, it is blue all night long--and it's never a dark blue. So, at 1 o'clock in the morning, the sky is bright and I can see only a few stars."

In spite of this extra glare, Serre was able to see the auroras. "I saw them with my unaided eyes. The clouds made it difficult, but the clouds were moving slowly while the northern lights were moving faster." This, plus the green color of the auroras, made it possible to sort things out.

Photo details: Canon EOS 30D, 10mm, f5, exp. 3-6sec, ISO 100-200

Morley Kabernick,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
May. 20, 2008

Amazing, I took a few out of focus, but found a good one in the bunch.