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This section is dedicated to the Northern Lights and meteors. I have always been fascinated with these and was lucky enough to see a great meteorite cross Toronto in 2000. 

NEW ! A large collection of northern lights pictures from the November 7, 2004 solar event. Quite honestly the best show I have seen and some of my best photographic work ever.

 

Leonids Gallery from November 18, 2001


November 5, 2001 Aurora Photos

Persieds Shots from August 13, 2001

What's up this month in Astronomy?

Northern Lights

This image is supplied by Canopus, part of the Canadian Space Agency. Additional real-time data can be found here.
northoval.gif (38425 bytes) This image is the most recent estimated shape and character of the northern polar auroral oval, as derived from recent measurements of energy deposition into the auroral oval by the NOAA/TIROS spacecraft and as statistically derived and provided courtesy of the Space Environment Center. The color bar at the right denotes the estimated power flux input into the auroral zone, in ergs*cm^-2*sec^-1. The yellow arrow points in the direction of the noon sector, where sunlight would prevent observations of auroral activity
aurvis.gif (73475 bytes) This new plot estimates the VISIBILITY of auroral activity from any location in the northern hemisphere, assuming a dark moonless sky and low light pollution. It is updated every 5 minutes with the latest solar wind data. The model computes the estimated brightness of auroral activity and plots this on the map as a solid bright color that varies from green (NIL to low levels of auroral activity) to brown/orange (low to moderate levels of activity) to red (moderate to high levels of activity). The brighter the red, the more intense the activity. 
auroramap.gif (61547 bytes) The auroral oval boundaries and the solar terminator lines appear jagged because they are taken directly from textual reports issued by the United States Air Force Global Weather Central who continually receive and process the DMSP data. These are updated hourly.
realtime.gif (56611 bytes) The map shows the radio auroral zones as green bands near the northern and southern poles. The area within the green bands is known as the auroral zone. Radio signals passing through these auroral zones will experience increased signal degradation in the form of fading, multipathing and absorption. The yellow Sun symbol near the equator indicates the location where the Sun is directly overhead. The regions of the world where the Sun is exactly rising or setting is known as the Grayline and is shown as the solid gray-colored line that is closest to the Sun
symbol. Additional Information is here.

If you are really into the Northern lights, then this program looks to be for you.

Meteor Showers 2002

I have changed this section to cover meteors a little better as I have been getting into it a little more. Just choose a month and a better source will appear.
 
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If you have any additional information to add to this page, please e-mail me with them and I will add them.

 

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