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7 months 4 days ago #111825 by mykc
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The skies were clear on the south coast last night (Sun 23rd April), and the moon was young, so I did a spot of observing.  Around 11:30 I noticed some an unusual glow and pillars of light in the sky to the north.  At first I thought is was distant car lights, but it persisted.  After rushing to get a camera with a wide lens, I was gobsmacked to see an amazing auroral display with vivid pink and green colours.  The display lasted more than an hour and I got some good images.  The one below is a 5 second exposure.  Seeing bright aurorae in southwest Cork is a rarity and it was great luck that the conditions were so good.  Lots of others must have seen the display but there's surprisingly little in the Irish media.
Mike

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7 months 4 days ago #111826 by Fermidox
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Amazing, Mike. I was casually looking at the Moon near Venus, must have been around 11.15pm, but didn't notice anything else  Fine display.

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7 months 3 days ago - 7 months 3 days ago #111827 by Neill
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Was a really bright display on Sunday night, think only Western parts of Ireland - Cork / Connemara etc got a view of it due to the cloud. Photographed as far South as 30 degrees North on USA / Mexico border!
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7 months 3 days ago #111830 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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That's a lovely image Mike - thanks for sharing it with us.

Clear skies,

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