These images were captured at 12:35am (06:35 UTC), July 22, 2009 in front of my home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Forecasters did not predict this display. It began when a seemingly minor solar wind stream hit Earth's magnetic field. The minor hit turned into a not-so-minor display because a crack opened in Earth's magnetic field, allowing solar wind to pour in and fuel the storm.
The above photograph is a 200° panoramic view of the southern sky. The original version is a 168 megapixel image with tens of thousands of clearly visible stars.
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