3rd January 2003
Solar wind gusts from a coronal hole buffetted the Earth's magnetosphere on
the 3rd January leading to a short-lived, but pretty, display. I had travelled to my
favourite site to observe the quadrantid meteor
shower with fellow observers on the night of the 3rd/4th January. On the way I noted
that there was a distinct greenish auroral arc low in the north. In the hours that
followed a diffuse auroral glow persisted in the north and north east which rapidly became
active around midnight with development of beaming. The display only lasted a few minutes-
just enough time to take a few shots. Sadly, no meteors appeared in the fields of view
during the exposures. It was a clear and very cold night, the aurora was an added bonus
and fitting reward for our patience and tolerance.
Here's two of my images taken around midnight on the 3rd January 2003.