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Aurora at last!

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Just had to share…never seen it before in my life, in spite of chasing it around at midnight in the car some years…….tonight I watched the Aurora Borealis from my back door, listening to an owl hooting and eating a bowl of salad in my pyjamas! It was a bit faint, but green horizontal lines and a big vertical ray of red….just incredible and so spooky! Rachel and I both watched it for a good five minutes! and then it started to dissipate. :)))))) Oliveoil will be so excited as she knows I’ve always wanted to see it! :))))

This is how I saw it, but not nearly this bright.

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bjs
Bjs
 

Lucky you,but where are the pictures. not you in you Pjams the A B.

27 Feb, 2014

 

Brian it wouldn't have made a good pic, it wasn't a spectacular show, but there was red and green, and red is apparently quite rare. Once the local media shots go up, I'll post a link!

27 Feb, 2014

 

Oh at last you have seen it, amazing, one of the wonders of the world. Lucky girls :O) Hopefully you will see it again soon. Try to get pictures next time so we can see it too. :O) Fancy all those years of waiting to see it and at last you have. Glad Rachel was there to see it too. Eerie but atmospheric, especially with the owl hooting too.

27 Feb, 2014

 

Green (and red!) with envy!

27 Feb, 2014

 

They have just said on the news that it is visible as far south as South Wales!

27 Feb, 2014

 

You certainly did the right thing moving into your dream home and now you have another experience to cross off the list, what comes next Karen?? , it must have been a wonderful sight for both of you.....

27 Feb, 2014

 

Yes it should have been visible here but there is a lot of cloud and its raining - very frustrating.

27 Feb, 2014

 

Saw green here many years ago, I remember well the wonder and awe.....its magical
so happy you've seen it Karen x

28 Feb, 2014

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26378027

Wow impressive sight for you both to see Karen.

I remember when we were kids growing up in Aberdeen we saw them.

28 Feb, 2014

 

lucky girls also envious. :o)

28 Feb, 2014

 

lucky you! saw on BBC news site that it reached South Wales and Norfolk, but there's nothing on local radio, so maybe it skipped Shropshire, or it was cloudy. You can bet I'll be keeping a lookout tonight, even though national news said it might be a one-off

I had wanted to go to north Scotland to have a go at seeing it - Iceland's a bit far for a first solo trip, I feel!

28 Feb, 2014

 

It s Fran, but you'd have a better chance. The man on the BBC this morning was saying he'd never seen it before either and he's a professional astronomer! He went to Iceland to see it but was thwarted by cloud cover. It's not easy to find it, even though it's apparently there all the time if you go far enough north and find clear skies! I think Trondheim is your best bet! And while you're there you could check out their botanic Gardens! but wrap up warm! ;)) x

28 Feb, 2014

 

I rented a DVD from Amazon a while ago, about Joanna Lumley's search for the Aurora. She went to Trondheim too, staying at the Ice Hotel. not sure I'd fancy having to put on a fur suit before going to bed! but, sigh, one day ...

Of course, if it's faint to you, it'd probably be near-invisble to me - I'd been thinking of the brilliant displays that make such awesome pics and videos.

28 Feb, 2014

 

Yes! Well, I think they enhance them digitally Fran! :)

28 Feb, 2014

 

lol, for a moment I thought you meant the actual Aurora! and I was thinking, "isn't technology wonderful", and then I realised waht you really meant. Of course, those pics were taken very far north, and maybe they got luckly. maybe

28 Feb, 2014

 

lol....I have uploaded a pic above. This is what we saw...same shapes and colours, but we didn't see it anything like this bright.

28 Feb, 2014

 

Hi Karen, you lucky girls, fantastic, Derek.

28 Feb, 2014

 

Its incredibly rare it seems to see the red Karen, I remember that recent stargazing programme, Brian Cox and Dara O'brien explaining it.
its a very special place your new home xxx

28 Feb, 2014

 

Thank you Pam, it is! :)

28 Feb, 2014

 

oh, that is totally awesome!!

fingers crossed for clear sky tonight!

28 Feb, 2014

 

You are going to come outdoors one evening and we are all going to be sitting there!
Despite working outdoors all night last night, we didn't see a thing down here. I've just heard on the news it was seen in Jersey!

28 Feb, 2014

 

Karen what time did you see them?

28 Feb, 2014

 

Owwwwww! You lucky thing. We came home about ten. It was a clear night but we saw nothing.

28 Feb, 2014

 

We were outside at around 9.30pm Kath.

28 Feb, 2014

 

That's awesome Karen!

28 Feb, 2014

 

Oh..wow Karen ! What an amazing experience and your photo has turned out really well !

28 Feb, 2014

 

the "clear night" is a rather important factor ... I'lljust hope for that, and a repeat of the light-show

28 Feb, 2014

 

Wow - that's terrific Karen. I'm happy for you! There are masses of amazing pics on the BBC website today - clear last night, so the 'Lights' were seen as far south as Gloucestershire. A friend went on a cruise up the fjords 2 weeks ago to see them, and they looked black and white to the naked eye, but green in the photos: weird.

28 Feb, 2014

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-16679422

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26378027

even a pic from Jersey *grrrrr*

28 Feb, 2014

 

Oh dear! Did you all think this was a photo I took? No, sorry! This was taken by another photographer in the area, and posted to the local Media! Sorry! Lol!

28 Feb, 2014

 

So fantastic Karen you lucky lady, we went to Norway last March and we saw them too, although you got yours for free Karen Lol. Wonderful. I must say you need a jolly fine camera to capture them and I mean a very good one, ours came out far too dark so I have the memory firmly in my mind.

28 Feb, 2014

 

Wow what an amazing experience for you both. Lucky, lucky, girls.

28 Feb, 2014

 

The weather forecast for the evening after the aurora said it would be very cold overnight, so I thought, must mean clear skies, and who knows? So I kept nipping out to check, but no, it must hae been a one-shot deal. sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

1 Mar, 2014

 

They're supposed to have been particularly good this year - BBC report that they've even been seen in Jersey! The disadvantage of being in an urban setting is that the only glow we get in the night sky is from the street lights.

Would love to see them for real - will have to plan a Scottish trip one year for this rather than the rugby or rock gigs.

2 Mar, 2014

 

The sun works in 11-year cycles - at the max, theres' lots of sunspots, and more aurara displays.

we're in a solar max period - not sure if we're moving into it or out of it, but either way there should be a few good years

I've checked up on "aurora tours" - there's a Scandinavian cruise company that offers these, but as the voyage includes 10 ports in 3 days, not sure how much time there'd be for sky-watching. There's also a company in Iceland that also has tours across south-western Iceland, which takes my fancy, but - all the cold-weather gear I'd have to buy!

http://www.aurorahunter.com/aurora-prediction.php

2 Mar, 2014

 

Follow your dreams Fran! you only live once! :)

2 Mar, 2014

 

Fran - a friend went on a Hurtigruten cruise up the Norwegian fjords recently, for 5 days. There was plenty of time for sky-watching: if they weren't up on deck at a good time, a buzzer sounded in their cabin!

3 Mar, 2014

 

good to know, Sheila, I'll have to have another look at the site, if I can find it/them again. lol I can always lock myself in my cabin when in port!

4 Mar, 2014

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