Tag: Aurora

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10 memorable photos of 2017

I thought I’d end the year with a selection of memorable photos over the last twelve months.  It’s great to look back on the year and remind yourself of the events and places that have stood out.  While my blogging year ended very quietly – more about this in a future post – I’m actually surprised at the variety of things I’ve got up … Read More 10 memorable photos of 2017

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The “merry dancers”

    Like a piece of music that slowly builds to an exciting crescendo, the first three movements of last night’s auroral symphony started boldly and with a real purpose before exploding into a riotous final movement.  This was quite possibly the strongest, most active aurora I’ve seen in Scotland. As I reached one of my regular spots for aurora hunting just after 8pm … Read More The “merry dancers”

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The northern lights … also available in purple

Last weekend was a good weekend for viewing the aurora.  In fact, the lights showed up both on Friday and Saturday nights when Scotland was enjoying a rare period of high pressure with limited cloud cover. But the most remarkable thing about last weekend’s showing of the northern lights was that for the first time in my aurora-chasing experience, the lights on Saturday night … Read More The northern lights … also available in purple

Scottish mountain and coastal webcams

Webcams provide an easy way to check the weather conditions before you head out.  Here’s my selection of 25 good webcams of mountain and coastal locations across Scotland, plus a link to a long list of traffic cams. I’ve provided thumbnails of those webcams that refresh every few seconds.  Those without any pictures are more modern cams that provide a live stream, and some … Read More Scottish mountain and coastal webcams

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Hello aurora!

Last night the aurora came back for a brief visit.  The light show was slow to get going but for a brief five minutes the sky lit up and sent purple and green pillars reaching high up towards the stars. Charged particles from a coronal hole were forecast to reach the Earth yesterday and sure enough, once it got dark (around 9pm now that … Read More Hello aurora!

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My first sighting of the aurora in 2017

Chances of an aurora were good on the 1st March when a coronal hole was forecast to emit a fast stream of charged particles towards the Earth.  And sure enough it didn’t disappoint, giving sightings across Scotland and northern England. This turned out to be the only amber level warning issued by Aurorawatch UK in the first two months of 2017.  And unfortunately this … Read More My first sighting of the aurora in 2017

We’re entering solar minimum

  If you have an interest in aurora watching you may have heard that we’re entering solar minimum: but what does this mean ? The sun doesn’t provide a constant stream of energy but exhibits phases of higher and lower intensity.  It tends to operate on an 11-year cycle and it is this cycle which has a significant bearing on the chances of seeing an … Read More We’re entering solar minimum

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Most memorable photos of 2016

Looking back at my photos from this year serves as a great reminder of some fantastic trips over the last twelve months.  Let me share a dozen of my most memorable shots: not the best photos necessarily, but the ones that evoke the many outdoor experiences I’ve enjoyed.  From hiking, skiing, cycling and camping I’ve loved exploring some favourite parts of Scotland, as well … Read More Most memorable photos of 2016

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Colourful northern lights, 6th March

  We were treated to an unusually strong showing of the northern lights this week as a high speed solar wind reached the Earth’s geomagnetic field.  Reaching Kp 7, it was so strong that the aurora was visible across the UK and as far south as the Netherlands and Germany.  Luckily for us it also all kicked off just after dark when skies were … Read More Colourful northern lights, 6th March

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My plans for 2016

Firstly, may I wish you all a very Happy New Year !  I hope you’ve had a relaxing break over Christmas; a chance to look back over the year just gone and recharge the batteries.  If, like me, you love to make plans then you’ll also be using this time to think about new year resolutions, bucket lists yet to complete and new hobbies … Read More My plans for 2016

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Dancing lights over Scotland

Wednesday evening’s showing of the northern lights turned out to be one of the most impressive I’ve seen, being seen across Scotland, northern England and Wales. I hadn’t realised quite how strong the aurora might be.  I’d just watched the Bake Off final on TV (required family viewing in our household) before I checked the Solar Monitor app on my phone and looked out … Read More Dancing lights over Scotland

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An unexpected light show

Just when I’d been away walking for three days in the Lake District and was looking forward to catching up on my sleep I received various alerts mid-afternoon indicating a moderate solar storm was in progress.  Oh well, you can’t be too choosy when these things happen …  By just after 9pm it was fully dark and sure enough a test shot looking north … Read More An unexpected light show