November 2004
Aurora Gallery
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Summary: Solar activity intensified in early November with the appearance of big sunspot 696. The active region unleashed a series of strong M-class solar flares. On Nov. 7th, coronal mass ejections from some of those explosions hit Earth's magnetic field and triggered an extreme geomagnetic storm. [See also the October 2004 aurora gallery.]

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Calvin Hall,
75 to 115 miles northeast of Anchorage, Alaska.
Nov. 07
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The northern lights over the cabin was taken at Sheep Mountain Lodge. It was a nice intense aurora that stayed active much of the evening.

Jesús Ojeda,
Saint Francis, Wisconsin, USA
Nov. 07
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The show began at sunset and continued until sunrise. Around 8UT the storm was so bright that I could seem my own shadow. Beautiful display.!! Photo detail: Nikon D70 at ISO 500, 18-70mm lens, 15/30 sec exposures. (About 5.5GB of data were used for this event)

Peg Zenko,
Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
Nov. 07
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My first images were at 18:30. The 'angel wings' over the church steeple was looking southeast at 21:45. By the time I went home to thaw out at 22:15 a streamer had circumnavigated the entire sky. I couldn't keep from staring in awe at the constant corona overhead. My neck hurts worse than the day after a Metallica concert! Canon G2 digital w/wide-angle adapter.

Sam Sievers,
Nov. 07

The brightest auroras upset a den of coyotes within 200 yds. Being there alone with no weapon was spine tingling!

Carol Lakomiak,
Tomahawk WI, USA 45N/89W
Nov. 07
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What a beautiful night! Visual red, green, orange, yellow, indigo and violet. Definitely one for the books.

Larry Koehn,
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Nov. 07
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I took these photos last night 15 miles east of Nashville TN at 11:00pm on Sunday night. I was using a Nikon N50 camera with a 35mm lens at f/4.5 on a Bogen tripod.. The exposure times were 20 seconds on Kodak film that had an ASA rating of 400.

Jodie Keefe,
Waverly, Minnesota
Nov. 07

I can't recall ever seeing reds in the aurora before. I decided to try the timed exposure setting on my Nikon d70.

William Biscorner,
Memphis, Michigan
Nov. 07
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First auroras since October of last year, long overdue! From approx. 10:30pm to 12:30am, My wife and I watched the pulsing waves roll in and out across the dark beach of night. Awesome display. Pentax k1000, fuji 200, 24mm f/2.8, 23 seconds.

Mike Holloway,
North of Van Buren, AR. USA
Nov. 07
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Looked as if the Sun was rising in the North!

Chris Cook,
Cape Cod, Massachusetts USA
Nov. 07
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What a spectacular display!! I had clear skies for the first 6 hours from 6pm-12am. I was able to see a corona overhead along with a very cool pulsating effect to the aurora. What a grand sight!

John Vandehei,
Climax, Michigan
Nov. 07

A quick check at showed that northern lights were occurring. I looked outside, but the city lights here in Battle Creek blocked them out. I headed out into the country about six miles to the southwest to escape the lights and get these pictures. The pictures were taken with a Canon G2, 10 sec. exposure at f/2.0.

more images: from Angie Kimmel of Bozeman, MT; from Tomasz Majewski of Duluth, MN; from Thomas Hudson at Harrington Beach State Park, Wisconsin, USA; from Ricky Leong of suburban Montreal, Quebec, Canada; from Larry Parker of Sarnia, Ontario; from Clint Parrish of Sullivan, IL, USA; from Michael Zweifel at the Modine-Benstead Observatory in Yorkville, WI;

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