10th September 2002
Taking advantage of clear skies on the 10th September we
travelled to our
favourite locations west of Stirling to do some binocular observation. Whilst there we
noted a faint glow on the northern horizon that steadily increased in brightness and
extent to form a bright greenish auroral arc from which numerous beams emerged and hints
of diffuse reddish glows. The aurora was particularly active fluctuating in brightness and
structure by the minute, the arc sometimes breaking up into segments that flickered before
our eyes. Highlight was the appearance of a bright curtain that sadly lasted just a few
minutes, capping off an unforgettable display.
|A 15min time exposure looking north taken before the aurora gained
intensity. The initially faint auroral glow is apparent.
|The auroral arc brightens and reddish glows fill the northern sky. Ursa Major is upper right and an iridium satellite flare is visible below.|
|Beautiful beams appear during the brightest phase of the display.|
|Another view taken during the brightest phase.|