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January 2005

Sunspot 720 erupted again on Jan. 20th 2005 unleashing a powerful X7-class solar flare. The blast hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) into space and sparked the strongest radiation storm since October 1989. This auroral arc was seen from St Mary's church, Goosnargh on the evening of 21st January 2005.

October 2003

One of the most powerful solar flares in years erupted from giant sunspot 486 on Oct. 28th 2003.  The explosion also hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) toward Earth. The CME struck Earth's magnetic field on Oct. 29th and sparked an intense geomagnetic storm. Despite poor conditions the aurora was visible through gaps in the clouds over Lancashire. All pictures were taken on the evening of 29th October 2003 from north of Goosnargh, Lancashire. 

Olympus C-2100 Ultra Zoom digital camera f2.8, 16sec exposure at ISO 400.

Pentax MV 50mm lens f2.8 30seconds exposure on ISO 200 film.

Pentax MV 50mm lens f2.8 30seconds exposure on ISO 200 film.