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MomaBee
3rd August 2010, 17:12
Some of us may be able to see the northern lights tonight.


Sky viewers might get to enjoy some spectacular Northern Lights, or aurorae, tomorrow. After a long slumber, the Sun is waking up. Early Sunday morning, the Sun's surface erupted and blasted tons of plasma (ionized atoms) into interplanetary space. That plasma is headed our way, and when it arrives, it could create a spectacular light show.


Aurorae normally are visible only at high latitudes. However, during a geomagnetic storm aurorae can light up the sky at lower latitudes. Sky watchers in the northern U.S. and other countries should look toward the north on the evening of August 3rd/4th for rippling "curtains" of green and red light.

http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/news/2010/pr201011.html

The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/7923069/Nasa-scientists-braced-for-solar-tsunami-to-hit-earth.html)

joaniemerc
3rd August 2010, 17:14
Wow! That would be fab if we could.

A trip to (possibly) see the Northern Lights is on my bucket list of things to do.

avstar
3rd August 2010, 17:32
OOh will def go and have look tonight - would love to see this.

On another note, when I first read your post Momabee I thought you meant Sky viewers as in BSkyB viewers :o and thought "Damn I'm Virgin Media and can't see it...." :shocked:

Downloaded a compass app for my phone last week - knew it would come in handy one day !

ukmonkey
3rd August 2010, 19:48
OOh will def go and have look tonight - would love to see this.

On another note, when I first read your post Momabee I thought you meant Sky viewers as in BSkyB viewers :o and thought "Damn I'm Virgin Media and can't see it...." :shocked:

Downloaded a compass app for my phone last week - knew it would come in handy one day !

Just look at a Sky dish. Sky dishes point South (as near damn it anyway) so find a sky dish and look the opposite way.

jamsandwhich
3rd August 2010, 20:00
I have been lucky enough to see Northern Lights 4 times in the last ten years, the last twice from my garden when I just happened to be putting rubbish out around 11.30pm and was lots of red, green and white ghostly shapes and rays moving around the sky - very beautiful and amazing. I even rang my parents even though it was late as they would have been non too happy had I not and they too stayed outside until they had finished about 1 hour later.

Will definately be looking out for them tonight - thanks OP I didn't know about this!

sandhabibi
3rd August 2010, 20:01
Doesn't mention what sort of time to expect to see it.. Bit worrying about the Britain losing power from the such as this..

MomaBee
3rd August 2010, 21:02
It's been raining and overcast here most of the day but starting to clear now.

Would the people in Scotland see it first?

ukmonkey
3rd August 2010, 21:10
It's been raining and overcast here most of the day but starting to clear now.

Would the people in Scotland see it first?

Yes.

If any of the UK are going to see it, it would be those in the North of Scotland at the very least.

pugpete1108
3rd August 2010, 21:18
Do you reckon I will see them?? Im in kent??

ukmonkey
3rd August 2010, 21:41
Do you reckon I will see them?? Im in kent??

A cloudy night forecast so apparently only those in the NE stand a decent chance.

Worth staying up though if you've not got to work early. Should in in "the early hours" - however you define those!

I'd say from 2330-0330 is best time to be looking, but that's purely off the top of my head, thinking that it's properly dark by 2330 and it *starts* to get light not that long after 3.30am

s1cknote
3rd August 2010, 22:20
Hope that we can see them in the NE ........keep your eyes peeled JS!

suziq
3rd August 2010, 22:32
cloudy here :(

jamsandwhich
3rd August 2010, 22:32
Hope that we can see them in the NE ........keep your eyes peeled JS!

I will - have had a busy day and was going to go to bed early but can't now!

Quite clear here at the moment so hope it lasts - we seem fairly lucky with NL so hope we see them

ukmonkey
3rd August 2010, 23:54
"The Aurora is getting more intense and is edging over northern Scotland. Shame it's cloudy. "

ukmonkey
3rd August 2010, 23:55
Latest Forecast = in 35 minutes, the Aurora will be at 'STORM' LEVEL! (It's On!!)

http://www.softservenews.com/aurora.htm

jamsandwhich
3rd August 2010, 23:59
It has clouded over here - shame as the sky was developing a pinky tinge at about 10pm.

Unfortunately I had a bit of an argument with the rotary line - was too busy looking up and walked into it, whacked my nose and made my eyes water. Then stood in chicken poo but that's what you get for going into the garden in bare feet - think I will just go to bed:rolleyes:

suziq
4th August 2010, 00:00
just been out for a look and found 3 mates stood at the end of the drive, now brewing for all and sundry lol

ukmonkey
4th August 2010, 00:01
In 31 minutes the aurora borealis should be above dundee, according to http://bit.ly/91QL62

ukmonkey
4th August 2010, 00:02
It has clouded over here - shame as the sky was developing a pinky tinge at about 10pm.

Unfortunately I had a bit of an argument with the rotary line - was too busy looking up and walked into it, whacked my nose and made my eyes water. Then stood in chicken poo but that's what you get for going into the garden in bare feet - think I will just go to bed:rolleyes:

Still, worth it for wht will [hopefully] be a once in a lifetime experience!

jamsandwhich
4th August 2010, 00:08
Still, worth it for wht will [hopefully] be a once in a lifetime experience!

Cloud seems to be developing - not much sky visible now so I don't really think we will see it here - it is a shame as it was very clear earlier.

MomaBee
4th August 2010, 00:23
In 31 minutes the aurora borealis should be above dundee, according to http://bit.ly/91QL62
We're about Kp 10 so we won't see anything.

Hope its a good show for you northerners:D

ukmonkey
4th August 2010, 00:33
http://portal.cssdp.ca:8080/ssdp/static_content/ssdp/rt_oval/index.html

Khufu
4th August 2010, 00:46
just been out with DDs but we can't see a thing!

MomaBee
4th August 2010, 08:52
http://portal.cssdp.ca:8080/ssdp/static_content/ssdp/rt_oval/index.html

Sorry peeps it doesn't look as if it came anywhere near:(

rainbow
4th August 2010, 09:01
Drat! I missed this and didn't look. I'm fairly far North of Scotland too.

ukmonkey
4th August 2010, 22:57
Hmm, looking north atm and wondering whether the horizon is showing early signs of some aurora (aurori?)

MomaBee
4th August 2010, 23:22
I've just had a look at the link you provided and it is lower than yesterday.

ukmonkey
4th August 2010, 23:56
Yeah, not looking good is it :-(

MomaBee
5th August 2010, 00:01
Oh now you've confused me.

The aurora band is down to 55 degrees which is nearly the whole of England as well. I thought that was good for viewing????

MomaBee
5th August 2010, 00:04
Oh ok the Kp number is low so no show.

Why is the band so wide?

http://portal.cssdp.ca:8080/ssdp/static_content/ssdp/rt_oval/index.html