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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 :lol:

    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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    When returning from a business trip to Canada a while back the captain of the plane told us to look out of one side of the aircraft to see the Northern Lights.
    Seeing it from a high altitude was fantastic. Sadly that`s the only time that I`ve had the opportunity to see them yet that memory still sticks in my mind.
     
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    You can get day flights to Tromso in Norway to watch them for a few hundred quid - I will certainly do this one day - you go up high so you are above the clouds and cross your fingers
     
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    That would be fantastic, perhaps we should have a Disney Secrets outing one day? :D
     
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    Erm....the DCL Baltic cruise goes to Norway Keith :wink: [Book it Danno :lol:]
     
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    Certainly. :yes: one day
     
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    This is somehting I really.. REALLY REALLY want to get a chance to see in my lifetime...
     

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