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Yeah, one of the best I have yet witnessed, some severe "flickering" effects going on overhead, and a full band from east to west with the large purple/pink streak to the west. It has died off now but fingers crossed there is more to come.

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I saw this just as I was thinking about packing up for the night as the temperature had dropped quite a bit suddenly.  I was just looking to the North and noticed how bright it looked, as if the full moon was about to rise, then I looked to the North West and saw a huge red patch of light hanging in the sky.  This is my first aurora sighting so very pleased to have seen it, sounds like it was a good one too.  Also saw some dull red washing over in the East.

In other news, I chanced upon seeing what I assume must have been the Great Red Spot on Jupiter through my 102 refractor tonight, around 9.20pm.  It seemed to be moving to the left as I looked at it.  Also the double cluster just near Cassiopeia looked stunning, so many tiny points of light.  One of my best nights ever!

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BBC reporting that it has been seen in Gloucestershire and S.Wales.

But I saw nothing from N.Somerset !

Good view from time to time of the north horizon, good view of Cassiopeia etc. even, remarkably, Vega ( or was it Deneb) very low in the NE (in the murk above Bristol)

So looks like a near miss for me :(

Still, 1hrKp is 6.3 and 4hrKp of 7.7 soooo,,,,

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Nothing visible from Swindon as for 10 minutes ago. Admittedly I only found out from the BBC news post and stuck my head out of the NNW window of the house. Just a few stars trying to make their way through the light pollution. Tried a camera quickly, picked up two faint clouds I couldn't see by eye and that's it. Too close to bed time to venture further out now.

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Sky still very clear here but no sign of the aurora now.

Looking here: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ovation/  the area of highest probability of a sighting (red) is drifting off to the west over the Atlantic. Earlier on most of the UK was in the green area and the red area over the far north.

I get the impression that's it for tonight - for me at least!

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So what can be expected?  I mean towards the NE from the back of my garden was an orangish glow that seemed to rise & fade a little

And usually in that direction there is no LP glow as there is nothing but fields & fields for miles

So, possible viewing?

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Looked very fine here in Northumberland about 8.30 with tall streaks, then settled down to a bright glow nearer the horizon which I continued to see through clouds. Brightest I've seen in a long time.

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So what can be expected?  I mean towards the NE from the back of my garden was an orangish glow that seemed to rise & fade a little

And usually in that direction there is no LP glow as there is nothing but fields & fields for miles

So, possible viewing?

Sounds very likely to me given that there have been reports from further south than you.

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Just got in from 2 and a half hours at my local dark site but not much activity. At 9.45 there was a decent green haze which seemed to be developing some filaments but then it died down to nothing but a dim glow in the far north horizon.

given the kp values I expected more but not this time im afraid. Ill have another look out before I go to bed but an exciting night despite not much happening .

cheers

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I am sure I saw it last night here in worcestershire. I was out with my binos at around 21:00 and noticed a wide band of deep reddish glow to the north. I puzzled over it for a bit, then decided it must be a very localised mist reflecting street lights, although I thought it odd that there was no mist about anywhere else and the street lights usually give a yellowish glow. It makes sense now that it was the Aurora, which makes me very happy.

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Went out to a dark site 580 feet above sea level (about the highest with good view north) 11pm - 12am but saw nothing though we are only 14 miles up from Brighton. Gorgeous clear sky then about 11:40 clouds start to drift in from the south.

The only bright thing we could see was the sky glow from Gatwick airport.

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I managed to observe this at approximately 9.45pm last night (27/2/2014) from Hathersage in the Peak District. I'd been out with my scope observing Jupiter then went over with my wife to put our horses to bed. A definite deep red glow (not manchester light pollution!) NNW, my wife saw it as well as I couldn't quite believe my eyes at first. It didn't last long though and faded away quite quickly. Drove over to Mam Tor and stayed for a while but nothing showed by 11pm do went home.

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Congratulations to everyone who managed to get a look.

Does anyone know if it was visible from Hertfordshire please? Reading people's posts it sounds like I was too late even if there was anything to see in my location. I didn't catch any of the build up and only saw the BBC report at about 10:15. Took me a while to get to my dark-ish skies site due to a road closure. Seeing was pretty good towards the zenith, but I saw nothing and 30 second exposures on my camera showed nothing either. If there had been anything to see I have no idea if it would have shown up against the moderate light pollution there.

My expectations weren't high, but I gave it a go as there can't be many chances to see the aurora from Hertfordshire. Wasn't a complete waste of time - I got a nice shot of Cassiopeia above some trees, and took some shots of The Plough to practise stacking.

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