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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; 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.

NLC Sightings -updated 23 July 2014

AIM sat reports the first sightings of NLC wisps over the arctic on the 24th May 2014.

5/6 Aug 2014- a weak NLC indicating the season iscomming to an end, and the NLC polar maps on space weather are showing the cloud retreating.



The last NLC and the first aurora of the season in 2013. Keep on the lookout for something like this in the next few days.

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

Latest auroral data

Date 11/12 April 2014
Aurora Alert State


Level Up to 9

A strong negitive field has resulted in levels up to 9.

Cloudy & raining at my location so no conformation.


Visible from... As far south as Northern England