A Grand Display

October 1-2, 2002
Photographs taken between 8:40 a.m., October 1, 2002, and 12:15 p.m., October 2, 2002

This show was much better in person than can be seen in the photographs (and sometimes, photographs are better than the show).  There was activity from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m., but it was minimal - despite the entire northern sky being a bright glow almost the entire time.  Thinking the show was over, I left at 10:00 p.m.  Back in Bismarck, I walked outside at 10:35 p.m., and saw a substorm - surging rays, with a distinct red on the top half of some of the rays - WOW!  I checked the computer, and found that the show was getting stronger.  Then I saw one of the most beautiful substorms ever while driving out to dark skies.  I should have stopped and photographed it - rays brightening much like Christmas lights turning on and off in December.  I was able to watch the corona for about 45 minutes from 11:30 to 12:15 p.m.  Being surrounded by aurora - including to the south - is an awesome experience, and to see the pulsating and movements towards the zenith, was well worth the price of admission (lost sleep and money for gas).  Anyway, it was a show I will never forget.    

This photograph of the corona includes what looks like a bird flying south for the winter.  I just can't figure out why they do that.  Winters aren't that bad here, are they?  Approximately 11:45 p.m.

The corona - again!  Approximately 11:45 p.m.

The corona - again!  Approximately 11:45 p.m.

Looking east.

Looking north at approximately 11:45 p.m., October 1, 2002.

This photograph and the one below show the corona.   Taken at approximately 11:45 p.m., October 1, 2002.

Looking east-southeast at approximately 11:45 p.m., October 1, 2002.

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