Round up of UK aurora 01-02 March

It’s been a quiet start to the new year for aurora watchers in the UK, with only a single amber alert being issued in the whole of January and February combined. Perhaps this isn’t unsurprising considering that we are currently heading into a solar minimum, a drop in solar activity resulting from the Sun’s 11-year cycle. But, as reported…

Auroral Photography: How to Maximise Your Chances

Over on the AuroraWatch UK Flickr page, photos of stunning auroral displays are shared with us regularly by some of the UK’s most talented photographers. Although aurora seen from the UK is often considerably weaker and less frequent than more northern countries, it doesn’t mean that it’s not there. As many of our followers have discovered, using the…

The October 25th Aurora Red Alert

On October 25th, the UK received an astonishing early Christmas present. At 17:48 UTC (18:48 BST), AuroraWatch UK issued an extremely rare red alert, indicating that it may have been possible to see the aurora from the entirety of the UK. There were in fact two distinct periods where geomagnetic activity went above red alert thresholds:…

Round up of UK aurora 25-26 Sept

It’s been a great couple of days for aurora viewing in the UK. In our second aurora round up, we overview the geomagnetic activity that occurred over the last couple of nights (25-26th Sept) in the UK, along with plenty of pictures from our followers and what we think was the cause. AuroraWatch UK alert status On both…

The aurora is out, now how do I see it?

AuroraWatch UK constantly strives to send out accurate alerts of when the aurora might be visible from the UK, and we let you know from where you might be able to see it too. So picture the scene: we’ve just issued an amber alert. That means that it could be possible to see the aurora from Scotland, northern…

Coronal hole drives recent aurora

This is the first blog post from Dan Billett, a Ph.D. student in Lancaster’s Space and Planetary Physics group. Dan has just joined the AuroraWatch UK team and is interested in public outreach so you will, no doubt, be hearing more from him in the future! — Nathan. On Monday 5th September, NOAA’s Space Weather…