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Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)

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Rosie_Scope
Rosie_Scope Posts: 3,290 Disability Gamechanger
Did anyone manage to catch a glimpse of the northern lights this weekend? 

I tried to have a look, but I think there's too much light pollution in my area to get a good view.

I've been fortunate enough to see them before on my travels a few years ago, so I don't feel like I've missed out too much, but it's pretty cool that some of the country were able to see them so close to home.

Did you see them where you are? Did anyone take any pictures?
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  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Community member Posts: 2,801 Disability Gamechanger
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    I didn't even know it was happening until the day after.  I keep curtains open until going to bed around 11pm though, so think I would have seen them if visible from my location.
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 14,982 Disability Gamechanger
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    I would have liked to have a look but find it hard staying up and we have lots of light pollution as well so it might well have been a fruitless exercise if we did do it

    A family member owns a house in rural North Yorkshire and the people staying there were kind enough to take and send a picture, I saw that and it was impressive!!!

    Without looking on Wikipedia and going down a rabbit hole again does anyone know how often it becomes visible in somewhere like England??
  • Rosie_Scope
    Rosie_Scope Posts: 3,290 Disability Gamechanger
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    They're visible up in Scotland more often - every few months I think? but I read somewhere that the last big geomagnetic storm that made them so visible in the south happened back in 2003.

    In the BBC article it says the sun is experiencing more activity because it's at a particular point in its 11 year solar cycle, so it could be that we see more soon. Although I'd imagine it's much easier to spot if you live in the country away from all the lights. If we get a good warning that they're coming back I might have to go on a trip somewhere nice and dark to see if I can spot them :)
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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 14,982 Disability Gamechanger
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    @Rosie_Scope

    We do have a big hill near us that you can drive up to the top of in a car, it's in some woods and with no light pollution but it's known to be frequented by people who go there for dodgy reasons so I don't know if it would be safe in the middle of the night :( 

    Maybe this could be another reason to justify going to Scotland for a holiday :smiley:
  • onedayatatime
    onedayatatime Community member Posts: 127 Pioneering
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    Sent my son out into the garden Saturday night for a quick look.
    Watched him stand there, look up and around, came back in and just shrugged 🤣. So I think that's a no.


  • Rosie_Scope
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    I think half the problem is that it's not as bold as it looks in the pictures as well so I'd imagine some people did see it but it wasn't quite what they expected or they didn't even realise. From what I remember, it's still nice to see live, but it shows up way better on camera.
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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 14,982 Disability Gamechanger
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    Here’s the pics I mentioned from remote Yorkshire :blush: 


  • Rosie_Scope
    Rosie_Scope Posts: 3,290 Disability Gamechanger
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    Oooh those are so pretty @66Mustang!
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  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 5,706 Disability Gamechanger
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    I was luckily awake at 3am, so I got to sit outside for a bit and tick another thing off my bucket list.  It was breath taking. <3 
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  • Rosie_Scope
    Rosie_Scope Posts: 3,290 Disability Gamechanger
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    Woohoo, glad you got to see them @Albus_Scope!
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  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 4,995 Disability Gamechanger
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    I didn't seem them but have always always wanted to travel and go to Norway or Iceland to see them, it's a "one day" (but will probably never happen :D ) dream of mine!! 
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