Discussion in 'The Beginner' started by paddynsheena, Sep 1, 2012.
would like to see nothern lights in scotland.any advice would be welcome
Now there is a thought.....I will be watching this thread with interest....
I lived near Thurso for 14 years and would suggest you head for anywhere along the north coast. There is a lovely little site at John o Groats right beside the Pentland Firth. From there you can also take the ferry for a day trip to Orkney which is well worth doing . The ferry is just beside the camp site.
Is there a "better" time of year to increase chances of seeing anything?
I've been thinking about this as well, so will be watching this thread.
also this link is well worth a look as it monitors activity.
This most fantastic of light shows can be seen easier the farther North you travel. So Canada and Norway and anywhere inside the Arctic circle are favourites.
To see it from the very Northernmost coast of Scotland then you would best be advised to travel when periods of High pressure are about to occur. Right now would not be the best time, just keep your eyes on any good synoptic chart.......Griff :thumb:
This is a good site gives info on Sun activity and a warning on Auroras :thumb:
Perhaps we should set up a mini meet..... I am sure there must be others who would like to get a glimpse if poss.
The Lights are dependant on sun-spot activity, which peaks on an 11-year cycle, and 2012-2013 should be a good time for viewing. There has already been some activity this year, but viewing is impossible given the length of summer days in the far north. Autumn onwards, and your chances improve.
You can sign up to receive e-mail alerts on the Aurorawatch website already mentioned. If you receive one of their red alerts - time to head north - though it is not always necessary. Not so long ago they had superb displays in East Anglia. Just go and look for a dark place if you can find one, preferably a high spot, with a clear view north.
northern lights mini meet
How would you go about arranging a mini meet
You and a mate turn up at the same place, job done
and tell us all when and where you're going to be.
Heading to N Scotland in mid October so may see some of you there. It would be a bonus to see the lights. Went to Iceland a few years ago...not a flicker! But did once see them in East Yorkshire while working nights.
Hi, the further north you can go the better chance of seing them. but its really hit and miss. have seen them a few times in Northen Norway, it seems that the ideal conditions are; that you have 2 / 3 days of clear crisp cold nights, the colder it is appears to make a bigger / more colourfull display. but nothing is for certain with the northern lights.
in 7 winters inside the Arctic cirle i saw them 4 times...
CHANCE OF STORMS TODAY: A coronal mass ejection (CME) propelled toward Earth by a filament eruption on August 31st is due to arrive later today. NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of strong geomagnetic storms around the poles and a 10% chance of storms at mid-latitudes on Sept. 3rd. Aurora alerts:thumb:
A couple of websites have already been mentioned, but this one below hasn't. It's one of two I use to try and predict activity (the other one being Aurorawatch) Though based in Alaska it gives you a choice of maps - just select the European one, and it gives you an idea of how far south the Aurora is likely to extend.
CME IMPACT: As expected, a coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field on Sept. 3rd at approximately 1200 UT (5 am PDT). The impact induced measurable ground currents in the soil of northern Scandinavia and sparked bright auroras around the Arctic Circle. At the time this alert is being issued, a moderately strong (Kp=6) geomagnetic storm is underway.
Check http://spaceweather.com for photos and updates
have just returned from local camera club which showed an AV of the Northen Lights. most were taken in Norway but there were some taken at Thurso & also at Hopeman on the Moray Firth.
To see the lights you need to watch the sites mentioned for activity warnings and then find a location with NO street lights and prepair yourself for a long wait (up to 5 hours in the early hours is noy uncommon) the further North in the UK the better but all is dependent on weather conditions on the night
I have read that at John O Groats november to february between 10pm and 3am good times
Yes paddy that is a good time but all weather dependant ( if heavy snow then could be difficult to get to Thurso) if it was me i would aim for end Nov early Dec and hope for the best
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