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Hi all,

iv read about the aurora been seen in ireland im wondering does this happen often? and i take it its only visible from the northern part of the country

can this happen anytime or is it annual kinda thing...id luv to see it :!:

has anyone here been lucky enough to see it
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Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re: Aurora...

I have seen it many times. It is not confined to northern observers, it just means that the further north you are towards the magnetic north pole, the greater chance you have of seeing it. In Ireland itself, areas away from major urban areas of light pollution, and costal areas, are best suited to catching them when predictions arise. This is mostly because when activity is high, we are so far south that mostly what we see are faint aurorae. It is not often, but some will simply light up the sky (November 1992, and October and November 2004, to name some memorable "all sky, all nighter" aurorae).

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Replied by Tonybwf on topic Re: Aurora...

ok something il have to keep an ear to the ground for so...thanks seanie i presume this would be the first place a warning would be posted
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Replied by lunartic_old on topic Re: Aurora...

Hi Tony

Try Aurora Watch, they monitor the activity on the sun and send out an alert of possible aurorae if you supply them with an e-mail address.
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Replied by dogstar on topic Re: Aurora...

Hey don't fret you will get to see them one day.November 2004 was magic
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Replied by Tonybwf on topic Re: Aurora...

thanks for the replies chaps

Hi Tony

Try Aurora Watch, they monitor the activity on the sun and send out an alert of possible aurorae if you supply them with an e-mail address.


thanks paul il do that
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Replied by pj30something on topic Re: Aurora...

I thought my nephew was nuts when he told me he saw them from here a couple of yrs back.
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Replied by stepryan on topic Re: Aurora...

I thought my nephew was nuts when he told me he saw them from here a couple of yrs back.


you can see quite a few of them in ireland. back at the last solar maximum i could see a really powerful display in finglas despite all the light pollution and i could even see colour in it.
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Replied by paulevans on topic Re: Aurora...

I've seen two really good displays, one of them was on the very first day I came to live here!

www.pevans.me.uk/photo/Auroras/index.html
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Replied by Petermark on topic Re: Aurora...

Astronomers in Iceland regard them as "light pollution" !
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Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re: Aurora...

Astronomers in Iceland regard them as "light pollution" !


That's true, and even more so in Alaska and Northern Canada.
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Replied by mjs on topic Re: Aurora...

Aurora, specially ones that are visible from Ireland, are more common around Solar maximum. This is a couple of years away yet but there are always exceptions to the rule.
See www.kerryastronomyclub.com/gallery-aur.htm
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Replied by Supernova on topic Re: Aurora...

I've seen aurora a few times from north Cork county in the past few years. However I haven't managed to photograph one yet.
Can we expect more aurora over the next few years?
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Replied by phoenix on topic Re: Aurora...

I have only ever saw one which was on 20th Nov 2003 in Belfast with all its light pollution. The sun is now coming out of its minimum cycle so we will start to get a higher chance of getting some. And now that I live in a nice dark site I can't wait to see how much brighter it will be compared to Belfast. In 2003 I actually went to my next door neighbour and dragged him out to look at it. He was not that impressed :roll:

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