First aurora of the season

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Tue Aug 10 08:37:01 2004 UTC



First aurora of the season. Not great, but clearly visible. Feels nice to see aurora again.

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Noctilucent clouds of early 7th of Aug. 2004

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Mon Aug 9 16:39:01 2004 UTC



Early last saturday the Noctilucent clouds really lived up their name and where truly shining in the night. Very beautiful scene....

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Noctilucent clouds of early 7th of Aug. 2004

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Mon Aug 9 10:50:01 2004 UTC



Early last saturday the Noctilucent clouds really lived up their name and where truly shining in the night. Very beautiful scene....

Copyright (c) Tom Eklund

Noctilucent clouds of early 7th of Aug. 2004

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Mon Aug 9 09:28:01 2004 UTC



Early last saturday the Noctilucent clouds really lived up their name and where truly shining in the night. Very beautiful scene....

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2004 Summer solstice sunset

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Wed Jun 23 17:09:01 2004 UTC



Quite red sunset on the evening of summer solstice 2004.

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June 22 2004 rainbows

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Wed Jun 23 17:03:01 2004 UTC



Rainbow in the evening of 22 of june was magnificent, bright and long lasting. This was also the first time ever when i saw somekind of an reflection rainbow too. Very nice sighting.

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April 3/4 CME aurora

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Tue Apr 6 21:44:02 2004 UTC



First time since october 2002 i finally got taste of good old fashion CME aurora on early evening of 3rd of April 2004. Kind of auroras what we used to have back example in 2000, 2001 and 2002 and which also were our only auroras back then. Auroras that did have tall curtains and all sort of stuff that is almost completely missing from late CH stream auroras. This picture was taken late night on 3/4 april, when the aurora became look more like an CH stream aurora with all those "snakes" around. With 1 so so and 2 quite ok displays this spring is looking much better than two previous springs as far as auroras go. :-)

More pictures later : http://personal.inet.fi/koti/tom.eklund/aurora.html

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March 9/10 Aurora

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Fri Mar 12 03:16:03 2004 UTC



Last and second best substorm of the night before going to bed. (Best substorm went by when prime lens was fogged and second lens was mostly too small for the show. Oh yeah and quite a bit cursing was going on too at that time... ;-) )

More pictures later today: http://personal.inet.fi/koti/tom.eklund/aurora.html

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Aurora below Orion on 11th of Feb 2004

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Fri Feb 13 22:16:02 2004 UTC



Pretty rare scene this too and from the same evening, Aurora below Orion. There were similar bands or belts around Orion for many ten minutes in a row.

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Aurora and Venus

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Fri Feb 13 20:54:01 2004 UTC



This unusual picture was taken on 11th of February 2004. This was the first time i remember seeing Venus within an aurora.

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Best display of the 2003

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Sat Feb 7 21:37:02 2004 UTC



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Nice Auroral Arc

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Fri Jan 9 16:32:01 2004 UTC



One more panorama... This is what i call tall nice arc. They rarely climb higher to the sky than this one and usually they are not brighter either. In most cases if there is a substorm after this high arc, the active auroras will mostly remain between the horizon and the area where the arc used to be. Time to time some faint rays may shoot up and climb higher than the arc, but nowadays those tall rays seem to get more and more rare all the time. Pictures in this panorama were shot with 35mm lens. More pictures: http://personal.inet.fi/koti/tom.eklund/aurora.html

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Aurora panorama

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Wed Jan 7 20:00:01 2004 UTC



This panorama image was made from 2 images stitched together. Aurora did move and change shape during the exposures, so there's the reason why the panorama is not exactly a match. Yet, it was nice to try this out for once. More pictures: http://personal.inet.fi/koti/tom.eklund/aurora.html

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Rare winter aurora.

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Mon Jan 5 23:14:01 2004 UTC



Here in southern Finland the months of December, January and February are about as good aurora watching time as any of the summer months. Meaning no show. In 7-8 aurora watching years i have managed to see as many as 1 good show during those winter months. That's why this picture is quite extraordinary. This picture is not from that show that i saw on early years of my "aurora watching career", but from one very brief aurora in late December 2001. I bought my camera in year 2000 and after that this is the only somewhat large winter aurora that i have seen. Here the auroras and the snow just do not like to mix together. More pictures: http://personal.inet.fi/koti/tom.eklund/aurora.html

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Summer aurora

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Sun Jan 4 16:56:03 2004 UTC



One nice but rather quiet late summer auroral display on 23rd of august 2003. More pictures: http://personal.inet.fi/koti/tom.eklund/aurora.html

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August twilight

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Sat Jan 3 14:03:01 2004 UTC



Nice and beautiful aurora in August twilight 2002. This was one of those few times when it was actually quite warm outdoors during an auroral display.

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Lone late winter auroral band

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Sat Jan 3 13:31:01 2004 UTC



Lone auroral band in late March 2003.

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First aurora of the autumn 2003

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Fri Jan 2 23:47:02 2004 UTC



Early morning aurora from the 19th of August 2003. More pictures: http://personal.inet.fi/koti/tom.eklund/aurora.html

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October aurora

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Fri Jan 2 23:11:01 2004 UTC



Small aurora on some unknown evening in October 2003.

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5/6 Nov. 2001 red aurora show

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Tue Dec 2 13:26:02 2003 UTC



Some glory from the 5/6 Nov. 2001 red aurora show.

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Kp 9 subvisual aurora from nov. 20

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Mon Nov 24 20:33:01 2003 UTC



Same thing again. Persistent -50 Bz almost forced to get on the road again. On 20th of Nov 2003 there seemed to be a remote chance for starry skies in the west coast and we headed there. After some 100-150 km driving the mist and cloud cover got little thinner and revealed an large aurora in progress. Almost every time the mist overtook our observation places in just minutes, but at least i can say that i saw part of it...Although when ever it was possible to see the aurora through the mist and clouds, it was not a very good aurora. By far the most diffuse one i have ever seen and when i saw it, it was also really really faint. It was...is there some red or am i imagining the whole thing type of aurora. Yet, it was not much overhead, but far far in the south.

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30/31 Oct Red Aurora

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Mon Nov 24 18:16:02 2003 UTC



During the night between 30 and 31 of October 2003 we drove hundreds of kilometers to find even a tiny break in the clouds, but with relatively little luck. Right at the start of the evening there were little clear skies, but the clouds rolled in just when the action maybe started. Forecast said that there should be clear weather right before the coast, but after visiting just couple ten kilometers from the Russian border we had not yet seen any good breaks in the clouds. On our way back the skies cleared a bit and i observed a quite strong red/green aurora from the car, but it vanished immediately after we stopped. Then later the reds in southwest became stronger again and i was able to get this shot. Yet, visually these "strong" reds were not very much above the border of subvisual....

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Nationwide Aurora

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Sun Nov 23 19:22:04 2003 UTC



This set of auroral rays and a green arc was photographed 16/17 of september 2003 from the shore of the lake Porttipahta in Finnish Lapland. The green arc in the picture was well visible all the way down to the southern Finland. If i remember right, at the time of the picture the arc was visible something like 15-30 degrees above the northern horizon about 800 km southward from the lake Porttipahta. According to phonecalls made on that night, it seemed like the arc was always visible to the southern Finland, but example the rays in the pic were not or they were seen under the arc.

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Dancing above the reindeer land.

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Tue Nov 11 22:23:03 2003 UTC



Not very well organized aurora over Porttipahta artificial lake in Finnish Lapland in September 2003. Aurora in this in photo is not very nice, but otherwise i do like this picture. Water, earth and sky are kind of nicely in touch with each other and for me this pic brings a rather peaceful mind.


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Aurora over Ivalo river

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Tue Nov 11 21:56:02 2003 UTC



Nice small aurora over Ivalo river in northern Finnish Lapland.

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The one i didn't miss...

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Tue Nov 4 14:17:01 2003 UTC



With a quick calculation i can find at least 11 major to severe geomagnetic storms with good middle to low lat. sightings since the start of 2000. I know there was still few more during the summers and so on, but since the summer are no aurora time here, i don't really remember those much at all. Anyway, out of these 11 displays only 6/7 April 2000 and 5/6 Nov 2001 storms were not clouded out or during daytime or both. In about 70% of the cases the sky clouded out within minutes of the CME arrival or at least during the same day and in most cases the skies were clear as soon as the storm had subsided. Maybe after this day i have yet one more clouded out and during daytime show to add to the list....Hurraa! Oh yes...the pic is an 8 sec. exposure from that almost all red 5/6 nov 2001 storm.

Copyright (c) Tom Eklund More images: http://personal.inet.fi/koti/tom.eklund/aurora.html

14/15th Oct. aurora

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Wed Oct 15 10:29:01 2003 UTC



Quite wonderful...really good aurora last night. Especially the first substorm around 18.30 UTC was one of the bests of the whole solarcycle. Full of speed and fury. It had so much moving parts that it is a wonder that it didn't die down sooner than what it actually did. ;-) This pic was taken at 22.08 UTC when had several pulsating bands going through a zenith...

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The Morning of 6th of Nov. 2001

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Sun Oct 12 16:04:01 2003 UTC



During the night between 5th and 6th of November 2001, it took about 3 hours of waiting before the first signs of aurora could be seen and still another 2 hours before the great red flood begun. In my mind it wasn't visually very beautiful nor lively as the smaller ones often are, but...for sure it was great to see a truly red aurora at least once. Picture here was taken quite late in the night when the morning had already sneaked close by...

Copyright (c) Tom Eklund More images: http://personal.inet.fi/koti/tom.eklund/aurora.html

Aurora over misty lake

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Sat Oct 11 22:21:01 2003 UTC



One of those rare evenings when there is a small aurora and a mist over the lake. At best the mist can make up truly unreal looking scenes with good aurora. While there is not a good aurora, the mist at least blocks the terrible red link tower lights in the horizon.

Copyright (c) Tom Eklund More images: http://personal.inet.fi/koti/tom.eklund/aurora.html

23 Oct. 2001 late night curtain.

Submitted by: Tom Eklund at Sat Oct 11 20:54:01 2003 UTC



One of the most diverse big auroral show of the last few years here, was the 22/23 oct. 2001 night. Action lasted from twilight to twilight and offered couple major substorms and several moments of good activity. One of these good moments came very late in the night when probably most of the aurora watchers had already gone to bed. All of sudden an very bright belt emerged and showed it's head above the western horizon. Then slowly it snaked forward and higher to the sky. After traveling maybe 15 degrees or so it suddenly stopped, made an little curl with it's body. Like an snake that is preparing to attack...Then it attacked, suddenly the curl was straightened and this snake charged forward with vengeance. Soon it had wings on it's back and then....only a brief curtain was left behind from the dragon's flight... Copyright (c) Tom Eklund More images: http://personal.inet.fi/koti/tom.eklund/aurora.html


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