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David M 15th July 2017 08:59 PM

Northern Lights
 
The chance of seeing the Northern Lights in Canada tomorrow night and Monday night (16th and 17th) are good enough for it to be a news item on TV. Some of you may want to check the Aurora forecast for the UK.

MJ224 15th July 2017 09:30 PM

Re: Northern Lights
 
Not tonight Josephine.........

(South Wales UK)

*chr

Naughty Nigel 15th July 2017 09:55 PM

Re: Northern Lights
 
Thank you. We'll keep an eye open. :)

We often get a sighting here, and we don't have to go far to find very dark skies.

Naughty Nigel 17th July 2017 09:44 AM

Re: Northern Lights
 
I thought I saw a hint of aurora late last night, but the camera said otherwise, so it must have been my mind playing tricks. :)

Being of a certain age I had to get up three or four times during the night, but still saw nothing. :rolleyes:

The northern sky here remains light throughout the night at this time of the year so it would need to be a powerful aurora to be visible.

I will have a look again tonight but will probably have to wait until autumn to see anything.

David M 17th July 2017 09:48 AM

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I checked a few times overnight but it was mostly cloudy. I haven't found any reports online this morning, if I do I'll post them here.

Ian 17th July 2017 09:48 AM

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Would be awesome to be able to see them as south as Hemel Hempstead :D

Ian

Jim Ford 17th July 2017 11:46 AM

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This is the site I use for checking if aurora are likely. Also noctilucent clouds:

https://www.glendaleskye.com/aurora-alerts/

I've never seen either!

Jim

Naughty Nigel 17th July 2017 03:10 PM

Re: Northern Lights
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Johnheatingman (Post 421188)
Seeing the Northern Lights is something both SWMBO and myself would really love to experience. Short of taking a specific themed cruise however, I doubt if we will ever have that pleasure.

John

As I have said here before, we occasionally see the Aurora from Co Durham. We are fortunate that we don't have much light pollution, and we don't have to travel or walk too far to find dark skies. The northeast coast seems to be a particularly good vantage point, especially north of Newcastle (around Alnmouth and north to Seahouses, Embleton, Lindisfarne and Berwick.

The north of Scotland should be better still, but you would need to visit in the autumn or winter as it stays light there all night in summertime.

So you don't have to take a themed cruise, and even if you didn't see the lights I am sure you would enjoy the above mentioned places. :)



http://i2.chroniclelive.co.uk/incomi...r-2nd-2017.jpg

Northern Lights over Alnmouth in Northumberland.

Otto 17th July 2017 03:18 PM

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I've had a couple of yellow notifications of "minor geomagnetic activity" so far today but nothing major so far. Keep an eye on http://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk/ - you can sign up for e-mail alerts there and they have phone apps too.

Jim Ford 17th July 2017 04:16 PM

Re: Northern Lights
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Otto (Post 421246)
I've had a couple of yellow notifications of "minor geomagnetic activity" so far today but nothing major so far. Keep an eye on http://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk/ - you can sign up for e-mail alerts there and they have phone apps too.

I've been signed up for the Lancs. site for several years, but the Glendale one is far, far better! It gives all sorts of live information. You can also use it as a mobile app.

Jim

Wally 17th July 2017 04:29 PM

Re: Northern Lights
 
This link for tonights Aurora forecast might be of interest/ However, wethwr we get the weather depends on the weather ;) *yes --> https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=au...hts+uk+tonight

Jim Ford 17th July 2017 04:38 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Wally (Post 421256)
This link for tonights Aurora forecast might be of interest/ However, wethwr we get the weather depends on the weather ;) *yes --> https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=au...hts+uk+tonight

Don't waste your time with inferior information, this one is the tops!

;^)

https://www.glendaleskye.com/aurora-alerts/

Jim

David M 17th July 2017 08:20 PM

Re: Northern Lights
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Johnheatingman (Post 421188)
Seeing the Northern Lights is something both SWMBO and myself would really love to experience. Short of taking a specific themed cruise however, I doubt if we will ever have that pleasure.

John

I've seen them three times in southern Ontario although only one of those was a multi coloured display.

I had two very colourful displays in central Saskatchewan in the late '90s which would have been the start of the peak of the 11 year cycle. By what I read we're at the end of the peak of the next cycle.

David M 17th July 2017 08:26 PM

Re: Northern Lights
 
You had to be out west last night.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/norther...alis-1.3505813

Another report.

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ne...tia-july/84167

Naughty Nigel 17th July 2017 09:18 PM

Re: Northern Lights
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by David M (Post 421281)
I've seen them three times in southern Ontario although only one of those was a multi coloured display.

I had two very colourful displays in central Saskatchewan in the late '90s which would have been the start of the peak of the 11 year cycle. By what I read we're at the end of the peak of the next cycle.

Sunspot activity usually does rise and fall in roughly eleven year cycles, but this cannot be relied upon. Past records would suggest that by this time next year we will be at the end of the recent 'active' period, but there may still be occasional aurora after that.

I hadn't realised until I saw the graphs on the NASA web site (below) that there was a much greater peak around the year 2000, and that the recent peak is comparatively small.

I was also interested to read that there was very little sunspot activity from about 1645 to 1715, and that this coincided with a mini ice age.

Link to NASA Website

I have a certain interest in sunspot activity as I used to enjoy Short Wave radio and radio 'hamming'. Sunspot activity has a big effect on the ionosphere, and how short wave radio signals are propagated over long distances.

I really do hope that we don't have to wait until around the year 2030 for the next crop of good aurora. :(


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