Sept. 30-Oct. 9, 2002
Aurora Gallery
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Summary: On Sept. 30th a solar wind shock wave--a coronal mass ejection (CME) hurled into space by an explosion near sunspot 134--swept past Earth and triggered a moderate geomagnetic storm. No one knew it at the time, but that was just the beginning of nine days of geomagnetic activity. Solar wind gusts from coronal holes and a series of CMEs kept the storm going fitfully until Oct. 9th. Sky watchers spotted auroras, off and on, as far south as Arizona in the United States.

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Juha Kinnunen, Inari, in the northern Finnish Lapland
Oct. 4
#1, #2, #3 Spooky Auroras: It seemed like Halloween had arrived early on Oct. 4th when Juha Kinnunen saw these ghoulish Northern Lights: a great green ghost, a witch's face, and a flying ghost.

Dominic Cantin, near Quebec City, Canada.
Oct. 4
#1 Spooky Auroras: Another scary face appeared over Canada!

LeRoy Zimmerman, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
Oct. 4-8
#1, #2, #3, more L. Zimmerman: "Image #1 is of the old Russian Church at Ninilchik, Alaska. Image #2 is at Denali Park. Image #3 is of Homer, Alaska. All were filmed with Fuji 400F@800, f2.8, about 20 seconds."

Chris Spoon, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
Oct. 4, 5
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5 C. Spoon: "Cloud cover became heavy the night of Oct 4, but the aurora was bright enough to shine through. The sky made up for it on October 5 with beautiful clear skies and strong auroras." Photo details: Fuji Superia 400; Lenses: 40mm @ f1.8, 28mm @ f2.8; Exposures between 15 and 60 seconds.

Juha Kinnunen, Inari, in the northern Finnish Lapland
Sept. 30 - Oct. 4
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, more Photo details: Nikon F100 and Nikkor 28mm/f1.4 or 14mm/f2.8, Fuji Provia 400F

Frank Andreassen, Harstad, Norway
Oct. 7-8
#1, #2, #3, more Photo details: Fuji Provia 400F film, Nikon F801s camera, Nikkor 24mm f/3.3 with 40 to 70 seconds exp. and Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 with 20 to 30 seconds exp.

Ben Bray, near Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA
Oct. 7
#1, #2 Photo details: Canon AE-1, 50mm lens, f-stop 1.8, Fujicolor Superia X-TRA ASA 400 film and 20 to 35 second exposures

Peter Urwin, near Edinburgh, Scotland Oct. 4 #1, #2, #3 P. Urwin: #2 shows the famous Forth Rail Bridge. #3 was taken at Cramond Harbour, looking North across the Firth of Forth to the Kingdom of Fife

Lauri Kangas, Caledon, Ontario, Canada
Oct. 8
#1, #2, #3, more Photo Details: Nikon F2 35mm camera, 28mm lens, f/2.8, 20 second exposures, Fuji Superia X-tra 800 film.

Ulrike Haug, Alaska, USA
Oct. 7-9
#1, #2, #3, more These three images feature the Russian church in Ninilchik, Alaska; auroras over the Kachemak Bay in Homer, Alaska; and Northern Lights reflected from the Resurrection Bay of Seward, Alaska.

Juha Ollila, Ruukki, Finland
Oct. 3
#1, #2, #3, #4, more Photo details: Nikkor 17-35 mm f2.8 and 50 mm f1.4, Fuji Provia 400 F, 15-20 seconds.

Andy Veh, Soldotna, Alaska, USA
Oct. 1-2
#1, #2 Photo details: Minolta and Pentax 50mm, ASA 100, 30-50 seconds

Scott McGee, the Knik River, Alaska, USA
Oct. 9
#1, more S. McGee: "The skies were clear for a change on October 9 (my birthday) and I was able to capture this image of the northern lights arcing over the Knik River, north of Anchorage, Alaska. This event was very intense for 15 minutes, then slowly subsided."

Dirk Obudzinski, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Oct. 8
#1, #2, more Image #1 shows auroras plus an emergency flare over Yellowstone Lake. The streak of light in image #2 is a genuine meteor.

Pekka Parviainen, Turku, Finland
Oct. 3, 4, 7, 8
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5 click here for more images.

Stephane Levesque, Luceville, Canada
Oct. 4
#1, #2, #3 none

Mandy Gregoire, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
Oct. 7
#1 Photo Details: Canon S40 digital camera. ISO 400, 15 sec exposures.

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