noelg
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Northern Lights In The UK Now!

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:18 am

Just looking to the North West from my house near Chesterfield, we're getting a great view (if obscured by cloud) of a huge green glow in the sky that's getting darker and brighter! I've never seen Aurora Borealis but this is exactly like the photos/video I have seen!

It's quite cloudy but I'm trying to get some photos! Anyone else in this part of the world or further north in the UK got any good views tonight?

Cheers,
Noel.
 
atco2b
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RE: Northern Lights In The UK Now!

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:25 am

Nothing from Southampton...


You sure its not some bugger's christmas lights running off half the National Grid that your seeing?! Big grin
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gordonsmall
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RE: Northern Lights In The UK Now!

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:28 am

We get it sometimes here on the West coast of Scotland - usually at least once or twice a year.

No sign at the moment though, but it's completely overcast above my house.
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bushpilot
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RE: Northern Lights In The UK Now!

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:29 am

Ahhh congrats. Living in Alaska I am treated to the northern light shows often but still after living here all my life I am always impressed with them. I hope you get a good show and can possibly share some pics.
 
noelg
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RE: Northern Lights In The UK Now!

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:34 am

Quoting Atco2b (Reply 1):
You sure its not some bugger's christmas lights running off half the National Grid that your seeing?!

Certainly not - the nearest town is about 20 miles that way!

Here's some pics:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63/noelmg/Lights1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63/noelmg/Lights2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63/noelmg/Lights3.jpg

To give you an indication, these are taken with the minimum lens (25mm) on my camera, and what you can't see is they get very bright and then very dark, at on average 2-3 second intervals!

Here is a map showing the area we're looking at:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63/noelmg/map.jpg

It's gone overcast now so it's faded a lot now, but there's like a very faint green glow covering about half the sky (presumable refracting off the clouds?)

Noel

Edited to add map

[Edited 2005-12-20 23:56:36]
 
bushpilot
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RE: Northern Lights In The UK Now!

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:42 am

Hmm Im not sure those are the Aurora. My experience with them is that they are higher in the sky and never that close to the horizon especially with artificial lights that close to it. But the difference in latitude from AK to the Uk may explain this. Nice pics regardless and enjoy the show.

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