June 17-19, 2001 Aurora Gallery
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Summary: A dense interplanetary shock wave struck Earth's magnetosphere on June 18th and triggered a G2-class geomagnetic storm. The disturbance began its journey toward Earth last Friday when a coronal mass ejection (CME) billowed away from the Sun. Although that CME was not Earth-directed, the expanding cloud generated a "bow shock" as it plowed through the gaseous interplanetary medium, and that bow shock struck our planet's magnetic field.

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Mark L. Koopsen, Hamilton, Washington, USA #1 M. Koopsen: "We were quite surprised at the blue colors!" Photo details: Cannon 28mm 1.8 lens, 200asa color print. One minute exposure. June 19, 2001, 1am PDT

Wade and Judy Clark, Hamilton, Washington, USA #1, #2, #3, #4 W. Clark: "The auroras were visible even in relatively bright twilight. It was a lovely display!" Photo details: 28mm f1.8 wide angle lens, Fuji NHG II 800 speed color negative film, 30 second exposures. June 17-18, 2001, 10:45pm - 1am PDT

Dominic Cantin, Quebec, Canada #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, more Photo details: fuji superia 800 film, 28mm, f2.8, 25 second exposures. June 18, 2001, 0400 -0700 UT

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