Aurora Display 10th May 2024

A very special night for Northern Lights watchers.

In 2016 I went all the way to Iceland to try to see the Northern Lights. Sadly it wasn’t to be.

Last night was therefore very special. Northumberland in the UK is blessed with some of the darkest skies, so was ideal for viewing.

There were reports coming in of an intense Solar Storm and all indications were it was going to be good. Skies were clear. The forecasts said several pulses were heading to Earth and it was to be a direct hit!

So we waited for darkness and went outside. What we saw was absolutely awesome. The most stupendous display unfolded before us. At first, the sky just looked strange. It looked like cirrus cloud, but through a camera it took on a different dimension.

We took lots of photos (surprise, surprise). Here are a selection. My camera isn’t as good as Debs’, so mine are more blurry, but it still captured the colours of the display.

The sky was full, from horizon to zenith. All directions, not just the Northern one. Usually you look North, but with this display it didn’t matter. The aurora was in every direction! Greens, Blues, Reds, Oranges and Purples. Amazing.

The last time there was an Aurora this strong was in 2003, so it’s quite a rare event. We may not see this again for another 20-odd years after this weekend.

Enjoy 😎

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