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Fantastic display last night! The Kp was only '4 - unsettled' but there was a strong southerly Bz, and I thought I could just make out an auroral arc over the light pollution in our street, so quickly got in the car and drove up to the North Pennine AONB.

Initially all I could detect were two strips of green ionized Oxygen along the northern horizon. Admittedly this is pretty darn good for 55N, but at 8.30pm this errupted into pillars of red, at one point the whole ensemble resembling a crown of thorns, with colours easily visible to the naked eye.

I then relocated to a darker location up in the wilds near Blanchland and was rewarded with more activity at 10.00pm!

All shots taken with EOS30D, Samyang 14mm/f2.8 and 8mm/f3.5,






I hope I haven't used up all my astro luck last night!

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Very nice.  I looked out to the north several times between 11pm and just after midnight but didn't see it.  I guess I must have missed it?


Hi Robin, how bad is your light pollution? I could just about make out the auroral arc over the streetlights, but we are on the edge of the Tyne & Wear light pollution and have a good northern horizon.

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