Mir and I went on an unexpected aurora chase following the NASTRO meeting last night. Conditions weren't great: an almost full moon washed out the northern sky. If not for that this would have been one the best displays of the year.
Here's a panorama taken from the dunes at Low Hauxley. The lights of Amble on the left and the lighthouse on Coquet Island on the right.
The shimmering activity died away shortly after this picture was taken leaving a steady green arc of light. The picture below was taken near Warkworth from the bank of the river Coquet.
.We're heading towards an equinox so hopefully conditions for aurora chasing will improve and the moon will soon depart the evening sky.
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Dr Adrian Jannetta. Amateur astronomer, maths teacher and science enthusiast.