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The SPA Aurora Section routinely observes the annual occurrence of the aurora and noctilucent cloud (NLC); both phenomena occur on the fringes of space in the Earth’s upper atmosphere.
The Section offers advice on how best to observe and subsequently submit auroral reports. Our aim is to train members in the use of standard observing and reporting procedures and to promote a general interest in observational astronomy. We are especially pleased to welcome young or novice amateurs, though astronomers of all abilities and age groups regularly contribute to our observing projects.
Observing the aurora or noctilucent cloud is a naked eye activity and requires no special equipment – other than some enthusiasm and patience!
On this site you will find practical advice and information on how to conduct useful observations.
Aurora & NLC Director
NLC northern season is now finished wef 28 Aug 2015.
The southern season began on the 13 Dec 2015 and is now building.
|Date||31/32 Dec 2015|
|Aurora Alert State||
Up to 8 so far
A CME has impacted yesterday at 2330UT 30 Dec 2015. The impact is continuing, but the field has swung negitive giving the posibility of strong aurora.
The clouds have enough gaps and I have aurora to 30 dg hi and 90 dg wide timed at 2130UT 31 Dec 2015
|Visible from...||As far south as southern England.|