Northern Lights Photo Gallery
October 2010
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Summary: Solar activity continues to increase after a two-year solar minimum that ranks among the century's deepest. The return of sunspots and a resurgent solar wind is good news for aurora watchers, who are seeing some of the best displays since ~2006. See also August 2010.

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Fredrik Broms,
Kvaløya, Norway
Oct. 11, 2010
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Today started with rain, then slush, then heavy snowfall and close to midnight strong auroras in the south, a rather pleasant form of light pollution for a comet observer and the night ended with a gap in the clouds where hartley could easily be seen, even though it was a bit tricky to pick out on a green background but I`m not complaing about that! Jupiter can also be seen with a halo around it. Nikon D3, Nikkor 20, 105 and 300mm, various exposure times.

Christian Schartner,
South Senja, Troms, Norway
Nov. 10, 2010
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"What an incredible night". The day started rainy and overcast, we didn't expect to see a lot of the northern lights. We were very lucky with the weather around ten o'clock. The sky opened up, and suddenly we saw an amazing lightshow. I used my Nikon D700, a Nikon 16mm Full-Frame Fisheye Lens, Remote, Tripod and various settings. The lights were so bright, that changing a lens was no problem. Setting of this image: 20 sec. / f 4.0 / ISO 1600 / Nikon D700 / Nikon 16mm Fisheye.

Helge Mortensen,
Kvaloya, Troms, Norway
Oct. 11, 2010
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We got the first snow of the season. And when aurora activity was very high I just had to get outside. It was snowing very heavy. Suddenly it cleared and I could see the aurora in between the snow showers. Used the Canon EOS 7D and the Canon EF 16-35mm for these shots. Used Lightroom to do lens adjustments and lowering the exposure on the clouds.

Martin McKenna,
Maghera, Co. Derry, N. Ireland
Oct. 11, 2010
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As you know, a geomagnetic storm was active on the 11th, I was watching the activity on the aurora charts while waiting for darkness, once the stars came out I drove to a dark location and watched - I saw the aurora immediately as a bright green band crossing the sky from Ursa Major into Auriga, it was 15 degrees high and 100 degrees wide and lasted for one hour. Great show!, the camera picked up the red colour which was invisible to the naked eye. Canon 450D ISO1600, 18mm various exposures

Morten Ross,
Sandbukta, South of Oslo, Norway
Oct. 11, 2010
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Finally clear skies and northern lights! The green hue was reaching almost to zenith, but did not produce more than a few swirls and waves that stood out from the general glow. Hopefully better displayer later this evening! Nikon D3s, 14mm @ F3.2, ISO 2000, 8 sec exp.

Ted Lambert,
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.
Oct. 11, 2010
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First good northern lights that I have seen in the last few years. Taken near downtown in light bubble- had to get to nearby field for good lighting. Nikon D60, 18-55mm just figuring out manual settings. Next batch will be better.

more images: from Miika Sirkia of Muonio, Finland; from Chad Blakley of Abisko, Sweden; from Robert Berdan of Point Lake, North West Territories, Canada; from Frank Olsen of Tromvik, Norway