Nov. 5 - 6, 2001 Aurora Gallery
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Summary: A fast-moving coronal mass ejection (CME) that raced away from the Sun on Nov. 4th swept past our planet at 0150 UT on Nov 6th (8:50 p.m. EST on Nov 5th); the impact triggered a widespread geomagnetic storm. Sky watchers in many US states -- including Tennessee, Alabama, the Carolinas, Florida, Texas and California -- reported vivid red and green auroras.

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Chris Schur, Payson, Arizona, USA
Nov. 5
#1, #2 C. Schur: "We watched the sky from 7pm to 10:30pm as it lit up with fiery reds, lime greens and white rays. Thanks to, we have now seen four auroras in Arizona in the past year!" Photo details: Camera: Pentax K1000, Film: Kodak E200, Exposures: 1 min

US Air Force
Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, satellite F-15 in Earth orbit.
Nov. 6
#1 Mark D. Conner: "This image was taken by the US Air Force's Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP), satellite F-15. DMSP satellites have a low-light imaging system that can see phenomena such as city lights and aurora. The image time was approximately 0245 UTC on 6 Nov 2001 (evening of 5 Nov in the US). Image credit: Meteorological Satellite Applications Branch, Air Force Weather Agency.

David Ryle, Wichita Falls, Texas, USA
Nov. 5
#1 D. Ryle: "This picture was shot on Kodak Elitechrome 100 slide film, in a Nikon FM SLR camera, through a 50mm f/1.8 lens, for three minutes. The display started at 8:45 p.m. and died down around when the Moon rose at 9:30 or so. This was my first sighting of auroras, and my first photo as well."

Duane Clausen, Menominee, MI, USA
Nov. 5
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, more D. Clausen: "The corona effects [on Nov. 5th] were outstanding with hues of deep red and teal ! Even the Moon and Jupiter could not put a dent in the intensity of these aurorae!" Photo details: 28mm lens, f2.8 , 800 speed film at 8 seconds."

Jody Majko, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Nov. 5
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 J. Majko: "The scene that blew me away the most is the image of the Moon and the blood red aurora together. I thought nothing would top last week's storm. Was I wrong! I watched auroras on the SOUTHERN horizon for a while. Then, all of a sudden, the entire sky lit up. Needless to say, I didn't go to sleep that night. And it was worth it."

Tom Eklund, Valkeakoski, Finland
Nov. 5
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, more Photo Details: 28mm f/2.0, 8 sec. and Fuji Provia 400F

Dave Miller, Barberton, Ohio, USA
Nov. 5
#1, #2 Photo Details: Kodak Max 400, Image #1: 50mm lens @ f1.7 approximately 20 seconds; Image #2: 28mm lens @ f2.8 approximately 30 seconds.

Dave Finch, Modine Benstead Observatory in Racine, Wisconsin, USA
Nov. 5
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, more Photo details: Camera: Olympus OM-1 - 50mm; Zuiko lens at f1.8; Film: Kodak Elite Chrome 200; Exposures: 5-10 seconds.

Bill Hitchens, Assateague Island, Maryland, USA
Nov. 5
#1, #2, #3 B. Hitchens: "Monday night was a fantastic night for auroras in Maryland; I had a chance to get a few pictures from Assateague Island with the Northern Lights over the Atlantic." Photo details: Petri Racer, 45mm, f 1.8, 7 to 15 sec. exposures

Carol Lakomiak, Tomahawk, WI, USA
Nov. 5
#1, #2, #3 C. Lakomiak: "This superb display even gave the Moon quite a bit of competition. Absolutely magical!"

Rob Reid, near Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City, Kansas, USA Nov. 5 #1, more Photo details: Nikon 950 digital camera, focal length 7 mm, 8 second exposure at F/2.6

John Russell, Nome, Alaska, USA
Nov. 5
#1, #2, #3, #4, more J. Russell: "Glorious! Never before like this have I seen [only] bright reds, orange, and purple!Green became that subtle color tonight that best shows on film." Photo Details: Nikkor 28mm @ f1.4, Fuji Superia 800, Provia 400F, and Kodak Portra 800 films. 4 to 13 seconds. "

Colin Tyler Bogucki, near Outing, MN, USA
Nov. 5
#1, #2, #3, more Photo details: Nikon F5, 28mm lens, 30-40 sec

Ryan, near Kearney,
Nebraska, USA
Nov. 5
#1, #2, #3, #4 Ryan: "Exposures ranged from 30 seconds to 1 minute and varied between 28mm and 70mm. The film was Fuji Press 800 and the camera was a Cannon EOS 3."

Herman Heyn, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Nov. 5
#1 Photo Details: 50mm, f/1.7,Kodak Gold 200, ~15-sec. exp

See also our Oct. 28, 2001, aurora gallery!

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