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Welcome to the Aurora Section

aurora2sm.jpgThe 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.

Sandra Brantingham

Aurora & NLC Director

NLC Sightings -updated 28 May 2015

NLC have been sighted from northern Scotland, the season is underway.

Will keep this page updated as they spread south.



The last NLC and the first aurora of the season in 2013.

This was taken from my croft at Glenbarry, NE Scotland on the 4/5th August 2013

Latest auroral data

Date 15/16 April 2015
Aurora Alert State



Up to 7


A CME and coronal hole impacted the earth from 0300UT 15 April 2015. The field is swinging from pos to neg so look out for auroras over the next 24 hrs. I have a very weak 25 dg wide green arc from 3 to 5 dg high with rays to 10 dg and it is active. Some cloud interferance


Visible from... As far south as northern Scotland but could go further.