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Post  eddie on Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:02 am

Best viewing tips for the Northern Lights

By Gaby Leslie

Yahoo! News



Brits may get another chance to glimpse the Northern Lights as the rare celestial event is expected to shine even brighter on Tuesday night – and could be visible across all of the UK.

On Sunday night, rays of shimmering green and red lights were seen in the skies as far south as Yorkshire and Ireland, with reports of purples, yellows, oranges and even neon green also filling the sky.

2012 is predicted to be one of the best years yet to view the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, due to the peak in solar activity.

According to Nasa’s Goddard Space Weather Centre, it is predicted that a coronal mass ejection – a cloud of charged particles – heading towards the Earth’s magnetosphere, has the potential to produce good Auroral displays - and possibly at lower latitudes than normal.

The Northern Lights are created by these charged particles colliding with the Earth's upper atmosphere.

The particles cause a change in atoms of the upper atmosphere that release light as they return to their normal state.

The sun threw off its biggest solar flare in six years on Monday, which has pulled the Northern Lights further south. It is expected to hit the Earth on Tuesday afternoon (local time), according to Nasa, so at nightfall Brits living as far south as London could get a peek at the spectacle.

Speaking with Yahoo! News on Tuesday, astronomer and broadcaster Robin Scagell said the last Northern Lights display seen this far south was in April 2000. He described the previous event as “spectacular”.

If you think you’ve missed the boat of the awesome light show, don’t worry. Here are some tips for some perfect Northern Lights viewing…

Top viewing tips

1. For a better glimpse of the Aurora Borealis, look towards the northern sky or head north. Traditionally people believe that the best places to view the Northern Lights are the very tip of Scotland or the icy tundra of the Arctic Circle. However, experts predict that Tuesday’s display could be seen as far south as London. But for double assurance, head to northern spots.

2. As it’s a new moon, the display won’t be hampered by moonlight. Even so, keep away from urban areas for the darkest night skies.

3. Clear skies allow for the best views so before venturing out to catch the awesome display, check your local weather forecast.

4. The Northern Lights can be seen at anytime in the night sky. Displays may last from a few minutes to a few hours at a time, so make sure you give yourself enough time to catch it.

5. When catching the event on a photo, Scagell said the Aurora can be photographed well using a digital camera with an ISO setting of 1600. Remember to turn the flash off first.

6. Find a rural area away from street lights and pollution. The National Trust has listed the best spots on its website to go stargazing, including Stonehenge. Here is a list of some more of the best places to watch the Aurora Borealis.

North

Buckstones Car Park
Marsden Moor, Yorkshire

Friar's Crag
Lake District, Cumbria

Midlands

Mam Tor
Peak District, Derbyshire

South

Bignor Car Park
Slindon Estate, West Sussex

Dunkery Beacon
Holnicote Estate, Exmoor

Echo Mount
Knole, Kent

Black Down
Sussex

Northern Ireland

Divis Mountain
Belfast

Wales

Penbryn Beach
Cardigan

Scotland

Galloway Forest Park
Dumfries and Galloway

Sighthill Park
Glasgow

New Lanark Roof Garden
Lanark



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Re: Aurora Borealis visible in UK

Post  eddie on Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:07 am


Seen from Bear Lake, Alaska.

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Post  eddie on Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:08 am


Seen from Fairbanks, Alaska.

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Post  eddie on Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:10 am


Seen from Moskosel Lapland in Sweden.

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Post  eddie on Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:12 am


Northern lights over Malmesjaur, Moskosel, Lapland, Sweden

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Post  eddie on Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:14 am


Aurora & moon,Tromsø.

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Post  eddie on Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:17 am

...and for Antipodean ATU-ers, there's the Aurora Australis:


Aurora australis 1994 from Bluff, New Zealand.

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Post  eddie on Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:20 am


Aurora australis in Antarctica.

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Post  pinhedz on Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:22 am

If your GPS stops working, this is why. geek

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Post  eddie on Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:23 am


View of the Aurora australis from the International Space Station.

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Post  eddie on Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:25 am


False color DMSP image looking down from 850 km altitude showing discrete aurora (yellow) north of Scandinavia. Clouds and fog are blue.

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Post  eddie on Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:28 am


Red colour is caused by Nitrogen being bombarded from a solar flare.

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Post  pinhedz on Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:37 pm

eddie wrote:Red colour is caused by Nitrogen being bombarded from a solar flare.
In previous years, sightings at lower latitudes were attributed to climate change.

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:34 am

The commentators say we almost got zapped by this--it was a near miss. affraid

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