Pre-flight presentations took place at the Britannia Hotel adjacent to Newcastle Airport where an introductory talk on the constellations was given by Nigel Bradbury and an explanation of the aurora by Pete Lawrence.
Forecasts looked uncertain despite some recent good activity. A forecast of 50:50 was given stating that the aurora can be rather fickle and difficult to predict at such times. Indeed this was the case and the display as seen was extremely faint on this occasion appearing like a barely noticeable faint glow on the northern horizon. The stars were breathtaking as always.
Photographs were taken but plane movement meant that it was difficult to hold sharpness over the length of the exposures required for such a dim display.