Keep an eye on the northern sky

First published in Opinion The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by

I HOPE you saw the big display of the northern lights last Thursday night? If you didn't, don't kick yourself too hard. It was a sign that finally, the Sun appears to be waking up, firing off solar flares like a Gazette photographer with a brand new flashgun, so we should get some more displays as the year goes on. So for the rest of this month at least please keep an eye on the northern sky after dark, especially in the days after any big solar flares are reported.

Last week's display was unusually strong. Most auroral displays we see from this far south just look like vague green glows, appearing as a fat green rainbow very low in the sky, so the display of red and purple beams and rippling green curtains was very special. Hopefully we'll see more like it in the future, but there are no guarantees.

One thing we can guarantee - weather permitting, of course - is a fantastic view of the Moon through our telescopes on Saturday evening, when we hold our next Moonwatch at the Brewery Arts Centre. Come along from 7pm and we'll show you the Moon in all its cratered, mountainous glory: the works. If you do see something, get in the car and get out of town to somewhere really dark to enjoy the show at its best.

Stuart Atkinson

Eddington Astronomical Society of Kendal

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:31am Wed 26 Mar 14

Matt Lowry Carlisle says...

Well I was looking in and around Carlisle close to the solway coast and did not see a thing!
Well I was looking in and around Carlisle close to the solway coast and did not see a thing! Matt Lowry Carlisle
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree