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SpringHeeledJack
9th Jan 2014, 19:37
One is currently watching an astronomy programme on tv and they are showing the Aurora Borealis live from Norway at 30,000ft from a KingAir. Due to the solar wind hitting us at the moment the array is pretty impressive. Apparently it will be visible from central Europe and the UK, anyone spied it so far ?



SHJ

Fox3WheresMyBanana
9th Jan 2014, 19:47
also reported it will likely be visible as far south as the more southerly reaches of Canada, and we have clear skies - looking forward to it!
(mind you, it will be -27 outside)

TURIN
9th Jan 2014, 19:50
I'm 2 miles from Jodrell Bank and I can see nothing but light pollution so far.:suspect:

Hydromet
9th Jan 2014, 20:12
Was reported yesterday that Aurora Australis was likely to be visible last night. Sydney was overcast, but Hobart was forecast to be clear. Anyone see it?

I remember seeing it quite spectacularly in Sydney in 1957, and as a red glow from Tumut in 1992.

TRY2FLY
9th Jan 2014, 20:16
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/higher-chance-to-see-aurora-borealis-from-ireland-tonight-29902160.html

fitliker
10th Jan 2014, 00:04
You know you are up north when you are flying southbound towards the Northern Lights :)

Loose rivets
10th Jan 2014, 01:04
I hate it when that happens.:uhoh:

India Four Two
10th Jan 2014, 04:19
You know you are up north when you are flying southbound towards the Northern Lights http://images.ibsrv.net/ibsrv/res/src:www.pprune.org/get/images/smilies/smile.gif

That happened to me once, when jump-seating in a southbound 748 out of Inuvik (68 N) - green curtains visible in the southern sky. A very odd experience.

BDiONU
10th Jan 2014, 05:17
Apparently it will be visible from central Europe and the UK,You've heard of the song 'The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen'. Those are the Northern Lights referred to, you can see them circa 200 nights a year in North East Scotland.

uffington sb
10th Jan 2014, 09:49
Here's an interesting site for aurora watchers.

SpaceWeather.com -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids (http://spaceweather.com)

Fareastdriver
10th Jan 2014, 09:56
I can remember them at Bardufoss, in Norway, in January 1978. I was lying on my back in the snow with these enormous curtains sweeping and folding above me for about an hour.

One of the things in life you just have to see.

Fox3WheresMyBanana
10th Jan 2014, 10:04
Even better from 30,000 ft through a fighter canopy :ok:

but you need a lot of sticky tape to cover up every last light source in the cockpit to enjoy it at it's best.

SpringHeeledJack
10th Jan 2014, 11:35
One didn't observe any untoward colours in the night sky last night, albeit that it was clear with many stars twinkling above. Anyone see anything ? (All northern country based and aloft persons excluded ;) )



SHJ

ricardian
10th Jan 2014, 11:38
Thick cloud up here last night so no chance of seeing the Merry Dancers (http://darkskydiary.wordpress.com/2011/04/24/the-merry-dancers/) even if they showed up

MagnusP
10th Jan 2014, 14:29
The Merry Dancers were often out when I was lurching home from Shetland barn dances as a teenager, and I never paid much attention. :{

TURIN
10th Jan 2014, 17:19
Naff all last night and zilch at half past dark this morning. Nice view of The Lovell Mk1 telescope though against the clear sky.

rgbrock1
10th Jan 2014, 18:07
MagnusP wrote:

The Merry Dancers were often out when I was lurching home from Shetland barn dances as a teenager, and I never paid much attention.

So your entertainment as a teenager was attending Saturday night hoe-downs?
Did you go cow tipping afterwards as well? :}:}:}

MagnusP, are you amongst this bunch?!!!!

http://thegodjourney.com/Images/sacredcowtipping2.jpg

Rossian
10th Jan 2014, 21:47
......saw b....all last night and just been out for a look - still nothing. Viewing not helped by a very bright gibbous moon almost directly above 5738N
However not too cold and not windy. Grateful for small mercies. Night night.

The Ancient Mariner

awblain
10th Jan 2014, 21:56
The northern horizon from Macclesfield is perhaps not the world's best spot for seeing aurorae. You're not looking up to see this, but very obliquely.

Also, it'll be better to wait until the Moon sets, plus the 20-30 minutes needed to get accustomed to the diffuse light you're seeking (which you can do indoors and even in bed).

Fox3WheresMyBanana
10th Jan 2014, 21:57
Nothing happened!

Why northern lights didn't dazzle most Canadians yesterday - Technology & Science - CBC News (http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/why-northern-lights-didn-t-dazzle-most-canadians-yesterday-1.2491967)

fitliker
10th Jan 2014, 22:58
Never saw the northern lights while staying at the Sumburgh Fawlty towers but did see some fireworks between the local Bennies and oilies when the front page of the Lerwick times from April 8 1980 was mentioned in the pub. Anyone with a copy of it knows the story about John Thomas Smith and the reasons for his appearance at the court in Lerwick. It was a classic