December 12th 2008, Manchester

Pre-flight presentations were held at the Woodford Community Hall, Woodford, Stockport. 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 and appearance of the aurora.

Unfortunately at this time activity coming from the Sun was rather low and the vertical component of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF), Bz, was pointing north. If Bz is north, the IMF and Earth's magnetic field cannot connect properly to produce auroral displays.

Activity was indeed fairly quiet on this flight with little more than a glow on the horizon. A few photographs were taken which are shown below. The main record shows a red glow which is indicative of a weak display.