May 11-14, 2002, Aurora Gallery
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Summary: An interplanetary shock wave swept past Earth around 1000 UT (6:00 a.m. EST) on May 11th and triggered a G2-class geomagnetic storm. Sky watchers in Canada and across the northern tier of US states spotted auroras for the next three days as solar wind gusts buffeted Earth's magnetic field.

See also the gallery for April 23, 2002.

Unless otherwise stated, all images are copyrighted by the photographers.

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Paul Wicklund, near Colbert, Washington, USA
May 14
#1, #2, #3, #4, more Photo details: Kodak Ultra 400 with 30 second exposures

Carol Lakomiak, Tomahawk, Wisconsin, USA
May 13
#1, #2 Photo details: "Olympus OM-1n with 28mm Zuiko at 2.8 using 400 ISO Kodak Max."

Dominic Cantin, 75 km north of Quebec City, Canada, in the Laurentides wildlife reserve
May 12
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 Image #1 shows an Iridium satellite (visual magnitude -6) behind the auroras. Several others include Venus and Mars, which appear as a bright "double star" near the horizon. Photo Details: 28 mm @ f 2.8 , ~ 25 sec, Fuji Superia 800

Paul Wicklund, Mead, Washington, USA
May 12
#1, #2, #3, more P. Wicklund: "These faint horizon-hugging auroras appeared from 12 am until 2 am local time over eastern Washington. The photos were taken north of Spokane near Fan Lake. The exposures were approximately 30 seconds taken on Fuji 400 speed film."

Darren Talbot, Halifax, Nova Scotia
May 11
#1, #2, more D. Talbot captured these images from the Halifax Chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada's St Croix Observatory, in Nova Scotia. Photo details: Pentax ME Super with a 28mm f/2.8 wide angle lens. Exposures varied from 20 secs to 1 minute on Fujicolor 400 film."

Philippe Moussette, St-Elzéar, Québec, Canada
May 11
#1, #2, #3, #4, more Photo details: Coolpix 995 digital camera, 30s exposure, 400 asa.

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