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Bear Paw Lake Aurora 1-7-2015 by Line-of-Birds
Bear Paw Lake Aurora 1-7-2015
An unexpected aurora show materialized as January sixth progressed toward evening. The interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) near our planet tipped south, opening a hole in Earth's magnetosphere. Solar wind poured in to fuel the strongest magnetic storm since September of 2014. NOAA analysts believe the fluctuation in the IMF was related to the arrival of a CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) that was originally expected to miss Earth. 
Normally - the solar magnetic field is opposed to ours, and repels most of the energy that flows past us from the sun. On that night the magnetic fields aligned to pull the energy into our upper atmosphere instead and gave us some quite brilliant and colorful northern (and southern) lights.
We don't often get blood reds like this - so I was very happy to be out there with my camera, thanks to all my wonderful aurora loving friends!
Canon Rebel XS
ISO 800
Aperture 3.5
Shutter Speed 5 sec.
Focal Length 11mm
3:00am January 7th 2015
 — at Bear Paw Lake, Houston AK.
Copyright © Line of Birds Photography 2015
See the Aurora Lovers facebook group for more incredible aurora photos and information!
Signing prints at my first gallery show ever!
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Kimberly Mietzah Damkoehler
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United States
^^^ Infatuated Alaskan ▪ Aurora Fanatic ▪ Enthusiastic Photographer ▪ Skilled Geek ▪ Compulsive Artist ▪ Happy Granny ▪ Devoted Wife ▪ Proud Mom ▪ ><>
I wish I could still take time to thank everyone individually for your :+fav:s, but if I do that I'll never have time to be out shooting, or creating.
Thanks to all of you, I will never stop recording the beauty and intrigue I see, until God takes those abilities from me.
Thank you everyone, for the encouragement.

Current Residence: Alaska
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Personal Quote: "I'm not the loser, you are. I find the things you lose"
I know I tend to get kind of technical but in the simplest terms:
If you have ever wanted to see aurora in person, the next 48 hours, beginning this evening could be one of those rare times when you might even see the lights far south of where you'd normally expect to. (Maybe even as far south as Arkansas again!!!)

Just remember, if you're NOT out there looking, there's NO WAY you'll experience this amazing phenomenon in person.

Wondering if you'll be able to see the aurora from this X flare in your area?
Here's an example of why that could very well happen tonight!
On October 24th, 2011 an aurora storm with a Kp index of 7 sparked the lights you see in the photo linked below, taken by Brian Emfinger of OZARK, ARKANSAS, not far from his home.
An X class flare can easily send enough energy to trigger a Kp index of 7 (out of 0-9), or even higher, and in fact, a Kp 7 has been estimated for this event.…

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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Happy Birthday Kimmie!!! :cake: :party: I hope it's a great day!!
pearwood Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
A blessed birthday, Kimmy!
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday Kimmy!~ :cake: :party:
Line-of-Birds Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh - hey. THANKS! 
So sad I missed this.
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe.. Welcome.. hope it was great!
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