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    northern lights tonight!

    http://www.metro.co.uk/news/837168-n...otland-tonight
    I will out tonight looking northwards,it's a lifetimes ambition to see this.Just pray for clear skies!

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    Re: northern lights tonight!

    Just seen them once about 20? years ago. Came out of a pub in Worcestershire and the sky was all kinds of shimmering blues and purples, and no I hadn't been drinking as I was the driver that evening. Things like this stick in you memory. No chance of seeing anything tonight, stuck in London with all its light polution.
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    Re: northern lights tonight!

    Ooo, I will have to look out later on

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    Re: northern lights tonight!

    Very rare to get a decent show this far south. In Northern Norway or Northern Canada, especially in winter, the display can fill the sky for hours and is seriously beautiful, so much so, that you don't want to do anything else but watch.

    Just popped outside, a very clear sky but still too light in the north-west, though did catch a couple of satellites in polar orbit.
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    Re: northern lights tonight!

    Nothing yet, maybe in Scotland. Though Jupiter is rising nice and bright in the east.

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    I saw them many years ago when I was in the army. I was just inside the arctic circle in Norway and apart from the fact it was *loody cold that's all I can remember about that particular trip. Brilliant display though

    Couldn't see anything tonight though ?
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    Re: northern lights tonight!

    Sadly nothing last night - went out onto the moors to get away from light polution, but didn't see anything other than the tail end of a spectacular sunset as we were leaving the van.

    Did get questioned by south yorkshire's finest constabulary though, I guess they had been told about a van parking after dusk and then 2 men with headtorches and a dog heading out onto the moor!

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    Re: northern lights tonight!

    Nope, nowt here neither.
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    Re: northern lights tonight!

    Quote Originally Posted by Brotherton Lad View Post
    Very rare to get a decent show this far south. In Northern Norway or Northern Canada, especially in winter, the display can fill the sky for hours and is seriously beautiful, so much so, that you don't want to do anything else but watch.

    Just popped outside, a very clear sky but still too light in the north-west, though did catch a couple of satellites in polar orbit.
    Enlist free at this site www.dcs.lancs.ac.uk/iono/aurorawatch . It's attached to Lancaster University's Environmental Studies Department. They send out e-mails when there is likelihood of a local display. Also they have links to some superb photographs - see the display over Lancaster University about 5 years ago ( Gallery / 2005-01-21, Andrew Senior's photographs ), despite their excessive light polution. You obviously do get displays in N. England, if you can catch them. Been an unfilled ambition of mine for years - hence the Bowland Bat Runs in winter. The night before the display over Lancaster Uni we had been on The Calf in the Howgills - how good would it have been if we had been 24 hours later??:angry:
    Last edited by wheezing donkey; 06-08-2010 at 03:50 PM.

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    Re: northern lights tonight!

    Pic is the sky when I was finishing the 6633 Ultra in the Canadian Arctic... absolutely stunning and made the more trippy by the fact I was hallucinating badgers on the trail and that my dog was with me!

    Didn't see anything last night though.

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