Nov. 6-7, 2000 Aurora Gallery
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Summary: This long-lasting geomagnetic storm (a G2-class disturbance) began on Monday, Nov. 6, when a coronal mass ejection that left the Sun three days earlier hit Earth's magnetosphere. Sky watchers across the northern tier of US states and Canada reported red-colored aurora during the hours before local dawn on Monday. The storm continued as the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) around Earth turned southward and remained so for more than 24 hours. (A southward-pointing IMF weakens the magnetosphere's defenses against solar wind gusts.) Observers in Europe and Canada and at higher-latitudes in the United States again reported intermittent aurora after nightfall on Monday Nov. 6th until local dawn on Tuesday, Nov. 7th.

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Jan Curtis, Fairbanks, AK #1, #2, more The right-hand panel of photo #2 shows the Pleiades, Jupiter and Saturn shining through a colorful veil of aurora. Photo settings: Kodak PJ800, 35 mm lens, f/2.0 @ 10 secs, expect 15 secs for red aurora.

Mark Vornhusen, near Laufen, Germany #1, #2, more Many of Vornhusen's striking images, captured in Germany near its border with Austria, show moonlit clouds and recognizable asterisms (like the Big Dipper) in the background.

Sandra Barnett, Sublimity, Oregon, 15 miles southeast of Salem #1 Sandra Barnett: "This is a picture of aurora with Orion in the background, it was my third attempt at photographing the Northern Lights. I used 800 speed Kodak Max film, the exposure was 10 seconds. F-stop 2.8, 50mm lens."

Yusuke Ebihara, Jokkmokk, Sweden #1, #2 Photos captured between 1900 and 2000 UT on November 6, 2000. Photo settings: Kodak Royal Gold 400, Nikon New FM-2 with 24mm f2.0, exposure time of approx. 15-20 sec.

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