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SallyintNorth

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Apparently there was a big solar flare last night and there's a chance of seeing lights low on the horizon from Edinburgh northwards tonight and maybe tomorrow night.

Get your camera batteries charged! 

The website (http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/4) has an hourly forecast so you can 'watch' from your chair and go outside when they think it'll happen in the next hour.  (Mind, check the GMT time on it - it doesn't always update every hour...)
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Re: Northern Lights - possible tonight (3rd/4th Aug) mid-North Scotland
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2011, 03:39:55 pm »
Thanks, I never did get the hang of our camera for night photos, I shall take a look!!

faith0504

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Re: Northern Lights - possible tonight (3rd/4th Aug) mid-North Scotland
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2011, 04:55:26 pm »
Id lovely to see them, fingers crossed  :wave:

Womble

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Re: Northern Lights - possible tonight (3rd/4th Aug) mid-North Scotland
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2011, 05:14:20 pm »
Fantastic!   It's well worth trying to take some photos,  even if you can't see all that much with the naked eye, as the camera can actually magnify the effect. You'll need a tripod, long exposure, and also set the shutter delay so that you don't cause camera shake when you press the button.

This is one of my better efforts from a few years ago..... mind you, I had to travel to the Arctic Circle to take it, so I'm quite excited at the prospect of seeing them from a bit further South!  ;D

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shearling

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Re: Northern Lights - possible tonight (3rd/4th Aug) mid-North Scotland
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2011, 05:27:57 pm »
Great photo. Now believe it or not I once saw them (not this good though) in Brighton

lill

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Re: Northern Lights - possible tonight (3rd/4th Aug) mid-North Scotland
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2011, 07:52:10 pm »
your photo is lovely, definitely a sight to remember even without a camera

jaykay

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Re: Northern Lights - possible tonight (3rd/4th Aug) mid-North Scotland
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2011, 09:16:55 pm »
Wow, amazing photo!

Might we see them in northern England?

faith0504

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Re: Northern Lights - possible tonight (3rd/4th Aug) mid-North Scotland
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2011, 09:39:00 pm »
thats a cracking picture, your very lucky Womble  :wave:

SallyintNorth

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Re: Northern Lights - possible tonight (3rd/4th Aug) mid-North Scotland
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2011, 10:20:16 pm »
Oh that's a brilliant picture, Womble - thanks for posting.  I can only imagine what it feels like to see something like that 'in the flesh'.

jaykay - the forecast is for a magnitude 5, which is quite active.  The written forecast expects that any activity should be visible on the horizon from Edinburgh, but in general a magnitude 5 could just about be visible from north Cumbria.  And it's only a forecast - it could be more, or less, or none!

The actual activity map for 8:45 pm this evening shows some energy overhead - but not much.  The pundits say that midnight is the best time to look (generally, not just tonight) and that the activity will come in bursts, often quietening down for an hour then becoming active again.

I certainly think it's worth a look outside before going to bed tonight!   ;D
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doganjo

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Re: Northern Lights - possible tonight (3rd/4th Aug) mid-North Scotland
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2011, 10:30:48 pm »
Nothing happening over Edinburgh as yet - 10.30pm ::)
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CameronS

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Re: Northern Lights - possible tonight (3rd/4th Aug) mid-North Scotland
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2011, 11:07:16 pm »
Fingers crossed i'll manage to stay awake to see this one, it's a clear night over us so fingers crossed

Sandy

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Re: Northern Lights - possible tonight (3rd/4th Aug) mid-North Scotland
« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2011, 07:32:25 am »
Well I stayed up thanks to a strong coffee at 10.00pm but I dare not venture out on my own at that time of night so, did anyone get some nice shots of it?

ellied

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Re: Northern Lights - possible tonight (3rd/4th Aug) mid-North Scotland
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2011, 07:39:46 am »
I was out at 10ish checking ponies, putting hens to bed and calling cats in but didn't see a thing :(  Hope I didn't miss a great show but that's bedtime for me ::)
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Womble

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Re: Northern Lights - possible tonight (3rd/4th Aug) mid-North Scotland
« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2011, 07:41:00 am »
Nothing to see where we were unfortunately, with a fair bit of cloud in the way. Spectacular sunrise though.

Tonight's another night!
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Crofter

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Re: Northern Lights - possible tonight (3rd/4th Aug) mid-North Scotland
« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2011, 12:06:20 pm »
There was definately a pinkish light in the North Eastern sky, well towards the horizon, last night. It was changing in intensity and shape all the time, but could not definately identify it as anything apart from "unusual".
Thats the Orkney/Shetland area from here.  Anyone there see anything? Or did you just have a big bonfire? ;D

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