Tag: Aurora

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Seeing the northern lights in August

Chasing the northern lights from the UK is a fickle business.  The impressive displays of lights overhead – the photos you normally see posted up from Alaska, Northern Canada or Northern Scandinavia – are rarely seen at lower latitudes.  Most of the time a diffuse auroral glow is about the best we get to see here in Central Scotland.  But I was lucky to … Read More Seeing the northern lights in August

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A colourful showing of the Northern Lights

  We were treated to another really good Northern Lights show again last night, visible across Scotland and Northern Ireland.  It’s not often I actually see them from my upstairs window given the glare from street lights but sure enough, there was a definite green glow.  Funnily enough, my first test shot with my camera showed up nothing and I didn’t believe it.  A … Read More A colourful showing of the Northern Lights

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A welcome return of the Northern Lights

The northern lights made a very welcome return last night, here seen from a few miles north of Auchterarder in Perthshire. These photos were taken on the 18th March, a day after the strongest aurora during this entire solar cycle (registering Kp 8.8).  Unfortunately, the skies in Central Scotland were bathed in low cloud and fog; all that was visible were the orange street … Read More A welcome return of the Northern Lights

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14 for 2014 #2 – See the Northern Lights in Scotland

As regular readers will know, I am a bit obsessed by the northern lights.  I ticked them off my bucket list last year when I took a trip up to Tromso in Norway specifically to see them (read more about my trip to Tromso and the Lyngen Alps).  But I also decided that seeing the northern lights in Scotland would be one of my … Read More 14 for 2014 #2 – See the Northern Lights in Scotland

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Top 10 Places to see the Northern Lights in Scotland

While the most recent solar cycle peaked in 2013/14, 2015 has seen as many ‘amber’ alerts in the UK as during the two previous years combined.  With more sightings of the northern lights predicted in coming months, things still look very promising.  I’ve previously provided my Top 10 Tips for seeing the Northern Lights but now you’re all prepared to head out, where should … Read More Top 10 Places to see the Northern Lights in Scotland

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Chasing the Northern Lights – The Lyngen Alps

My trip to Northern Norway had so far surpassed expectations by some distance.  I’d come to try to see the northern lights at first hand; not the faint glows that tend to be seen just above the horizon away from the light pollution of Central Scotland (and that’s on a good night!), but the vivid, shimmering, strong lights of the Arctic north that dance right above your head.  … Read More Chasing the Northern Lights – The Lyngen Alps

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Chasing the Northern Lights – Touring around Tromso

As you may have gathered by now, seeing the northern lights has long been an ambition of mine – a bucket list experience – and I’m just back from a six-day trip in and around Tromso which was just fabulous.  While this blog allows me to go Wild about Scotland please indulge me to take a slight detour across the North Sea to go Wild … Read More Chasing the Northern Lights – Touring around Tromso

Top 10 Tips for Seeing the Northern Lights

While the current 11-year sunspot cycle peaked in 2013 there’s still a great chance to see the Northern Lights over the next couple of years.  In this updated post I’ll share my top tips for seeing the aurora and being prepared when the conditions are just right ! I suspect like many people, seeing the northern lights was near the top of my bucket … Read More Top 10 Tips for Seeing the Northern Lights