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October 29-30, 2003 Aurora - Steve Fishman
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Updated November 1, 2002

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During the last week of October 2003, the sun emitted exceptional amounts of solar particles which provided us with 2 nights of auroral shows.  CVAS member Steve Fishman took the following photographs from the Cleveland Metroparks Polo field and the Jackson Road Field on the evenings of October 29 and 30 using a digital camera.  Exposures ranged from 10 to 16 seconds at f/2.8 and 400 ASA.  The pictures were slightly enhanced with PC software to brighten the images and intensify the color. 

A ton of information about the nature of the northern lights including auroral predictions can be obtained from the following web sites:

October 29, 2003 Aurora. From Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field.   

October 29, 2003 Aurora. From Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field.  

October 29, 2003 Aurora From Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field.  The small grouping of stars to the upper center is  Pleiades, the 7 sisters. Weblink courtesy of Steve Gibson and the Canadian Galactic Plane Survey.


October 30, 2003 Aurora. From Jackson Road Field.  The display this evening had much more color, most of it red.  The brighter stars are the constellation Perseus.

October 30, 2003 Aurora. From  Jackson Road Field.  The 2 lights at the lower left are from jet planes.  Notice the ray-type structure that the aurora started to form.

October 30, 2003 Aurora. From Jackson Road Field. At one point, curtains started to form, but didn't brighten.


October 30, 2003 Aurora.  From Jackson Road Field.  Rays are trying to form again.



October 30, 2003 Aurora. From Jackson Road Field.  And the rays got brighter.

October 30, 2003 Aurora. From Jackson Road Field.


October 30, 2003 Aurora.  From Jackson Road Field.  This is a panorama of 2 pictures looking to the north/northeast.


 
 
Special Photos:
October 29-30, 2003 Aurora
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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