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Thread: Is it possible to see the northern lights from uk?

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    I've been out trying to identify the stars and planets with a little success although I dont know if I really have got them right

    can we see the northern lights from the uk or is that a stupid quesstion?



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    Nope not at all - a common sight in Scotland and they are visible in Southern england on occasion - but its unlikley at the moment as we are going through a very long period of solar inactivity - active aurorae follow periods of solar activity and we are currently at a 50 year minimum ( presumably cos I forked out 400 on a solar telescope)

    If I get any more info or know of any likley displays I will post it here

    Keep at the star watching it took me months for it all to click - but it became very pleasurable after that

    I will post some basic guides when I get a sec

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    If you don't see the Aurora normally at your latitude, keep an eye to the sky an hour or so after dusk to see a most beautiful (but maybe a harbinger of climate change) in the sky. These electric blue clouds have been around a while they are called Noctilucent Clouds or Polar Mesosphereic Clouds. They are normally found at higher latitudes, but recently have been seen more frequently and at lower latitudes. I know that throughout the UK they get pretty good views of them.

    I got a chance to develop science lessons for the educational outreach while in Alaska.

    NASA AIM site;
    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/aim/

    the Hampton University site:
    http://aim.hamptonu.edu/team/partners/1partner.html#










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    They are beautiful - been looking for them for 2 years now and havent seen any - they are apparently very different beasties to normal clouds and shine - beautiful image Dan

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    Saw them while we were in Alaska, have yet to see them here...I mean I am at 37 degrees N. I guess they have been seen down to 40 degrees N though. I have see the Aurora here in VA quite a few years ago. That was freaky.










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    I would love to see them first hand.

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    I have been lucky enough to see them quite often, living in the far north of scotland if the conditions are right we see them! They are stunning :)

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    I have asked an expert and we should see them in England in 3-4 years time :D

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    Remind me a bit closer to the date please. :D

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    couldn't wait to see that

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