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Old October 30th 03, 01:01 AM
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What a night! It's still going strong, and for once I've got clear
skies )

I'm starting to feel a bit cold and tired though, so I'll probably
only have another short look before heading to bed (which probably
means I'll be out for hours yet )

This has probably been the best display I've ever seen, and definitely
the most active and "flickery". I've taken loads of pics, but
unfortunately only on film as I left my digital camera at work :[

One interesting(?) thing I noticed though was that there were lots of
"pulses" of activity (maybe streams of particles?) coming up from the
West, passing overhead - with a little wiggle - and down to the East.
I was expecting that after midnight it would have changed to go the
other way, but it's still very consistently from West to East.

Is there a reason it flows that way? I'd have thought it to be more
likely to go the other way, due to the Earth's rotation, but maybe
there's some interaction with the magnetic field?

David P.

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Old October 30th 03, 01:04 AM
Chris Berry
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Well... in Gloucester the cloud *still* hasn't cleared.

The reports nationwide sound fantastic.

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What a night! It's still going strong, and for once I've got clear
skies )

I'm starting to feel a bit cold and tired though, so I'll probably
only have another short look before heading to bed (which probably
means I'll be out for hours yet )

This has probably been the best display I've ever seen, and definitely
the most active and "flickery". I've taken loads of pics, but
unfortunately only on film as I left my digital camera at work :[

One interesting(?) thing I noticed though was that there were lots of
"pulses" of activity (maybe streams of particles?) coming up from the
West, passing overhead - with a little wiggle - and down to the East.
I was expecting that after midnight it would have changed to go the
other way, but it's still very consistently from West to East.

Is there a reason it flows that way? I'd have thought it to be more
likely to go the other way, due to the Earth's rotation, but maybe
there's some interaction with the magnetic field?

David P.

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Nattering Nabob #1 of the MOHSG

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Old October 30th 03, 01:17 AM
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"Chris Berry" wrote:

Well... in Gloucester the cloud *still* hasn't cleared.


Bummer! I know how you feel - I'm usually staring at a solid wall of
grey every time there's anything interesting like an aurora display,
meteor shower, occultation or whatnot. I think when I retire I'll
move somewhere with nice clear skies

The reports nationwide sound fantastic.


Seems like it's visible pretty far South tonight, which must make it
noteworthy. I wonder who's claiming the most southerly observations.

David P.

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Old October 30th 03, 01:38 AM
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I saw in from Southampton, very briefly, when the clouds cleared.

Lilian


 




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