November 14th 2007, Bristol Airport

Pre-flight presentations were held at the media centre in the old terminal of Bristol Airport. Paul Money provided a 30 minute talk on the stars and constellations that would be visible during the flight while Pete Lawrence described the origin of the aurora and gave a forecast for the activity that might be seen during the flight.

At this time there was plenty of activity coming from the Sun to produce an aurora but it was noted that the vertical component of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF), Bz, was fluctuating from north polarity to south polarity and back again with some rapidity. If Bz is south, the IMF and Earth's magnetic field can connect to produce auroral displays. If north, the fields oppose one another and the aurora is quiet.

Unfortunately for this flight, the latter situation prevailed and the resulting display was weak, consisting of a faint auroral arc covering the northern horizon. No significant structure was seen. Despite the weak display, passengers were treated to a guided tour of the night sky by Nigel Bradbury, Pete Lawrence and Paul Money. A few photographs were taken of the faint arc which are shown below.