October 28, 2000 Aurora Gallery
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Summary: Two solar wind shock waves buffeted Earth's magnetosphere on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 28th. The disturbances were launched from the Sun three days earlier when SOHO coronagraphs spotted a full halo coronal mass ejection billowing away from the vicinity of sunspot group 9201. Geomagnetic activity on Oct 28th reached minor (G1) storm levels for a three hour period spanning 0900-1200 UT (5:00 - 8:00 am EDT) and then subsided. Later that day the interplanetary magnetic field in the neighborhood of Earth turned sharply southward, which weakened the magnetosphere's resistance to solar wind gusts. This re-energized the storm. G1 conditions resumed from 2100 UT on Oct. 28th until 0600 UT on Oct. 29th.

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Jay Edwards, Maine, NY #1, #2, #3, #4 Jay Edwards: "All images were shot by myself, and my friends Lee Shelp & Joe Guth using a Pentax-K1000, 50 mm lens set at f/2, with exposures ranging from 15 to 40 secs. on 400 ASA Fugi color print film."

Jeffery Hand, south shore of Lake Ontario in Webster, NY #1, #2, #3, #4 Jeff Hand: "These were taken along the south shore of Lake Ontario in Webster, NY between 11:15pm and 11:30pm. I used a Canon EOS Rebel 2000, a 28mm lens at 4.5, and 35-60 sec. exposures on 200ASA print film."

Ed Kreminski, east-central Ohio #1, #2, #3, #4 Ed Kreminski: "This animated sequence is comprised of five stills taken about one minute apart on the evening of October 28, 2000 around 9:30pm EDT from East Central Ohio." Photo settings: 28mm lens at f5.6 at 20 seconds on 400 ASA print film.

Dave Miller, near Spencer Lake, Spencer, Ohio #1, #2, #3 Dave Miller: "This is the 3rd aurora display this year for me from northern Ohio, the first being the great geomagnetic storm during the Persied meteor shower." Photo settings: Image #1 on Kodak Supra 400, 28mm lens @ F2.8, 30 second exposure. Images #2 and #3 on Kodak Select Series 800, 50mm lens @ f1.7, 20 second exposure."

Dragan Nikin, Dixon, Illinois #1, #2, #3, #4 Dragan Nikin: "Pictures were taken on Oct 28th from approximately 8:30pm CDT until local midnight. Photo settings: Pentax ME camera w/28mm lens. All exposures are approximately 30seconds long. "

Terry V. Lutz, Plymouth, Ohio #1 Terry Lutz captured this photo at 11:30 pm EDT on Oct. 28, 2000. Photo settings: Kodak Supra 400 iso film with a 35mm lens at f4; the exposure time was 20 seconds.

Mick Rojas, Baltimore, Ohio #1 Mick Rojas: "Date: October 29th, 2000. Location: Baltimore, Ohio Time: Around Midnight Camera: Canon Rebel 2000, w/35mm, f5.6 Film: Fuji Superia ISO400 Exposure time: 55 seconds Tripod mounted w/remote shutter release One of 2 dozen shots in a 20 minute period."

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