November 15th 2009, Newcastle Airport

The pre-flight presentations were held within the Britannia Hotel, Newcastle Airport. Nigel Bradbury provided a 30 minute talk on the stars and constellations that would be visible during the flight whilst Pete Lawrence explained the connections between the Sun and the Aurora.

The activity predictions for tonight were similar to those given for the previous evenings. Although there was activity on the Sun's surface it's effects were directed to the side of the Earth tonight and this wasn't ideal for the aurora. The vertical component of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF), known as Bz had been fluctuating all day. If Bz points south, the IMF and Earth's magnetic field can connect and auroral displays are likely to occur. If Bz is north, the fields oppose one another and the aurora tends to be quiet.

As usual, the stars looked beautifully crisp and clear and during the flight Nigel Bradbury and Pete Lawrence provided an enthusiastic commentary on what could be seen in terms of the stars, constellations and auroral activity outside the plane. Paul Money wandered down the aisle assisting passengers and answering any questions. On this occasion, the aurora was visible fairly early on with a fairly static display appearing. As the flight progressed, the display showed some additional structural enhancement and brightening. Pete attempted to photograph the aurora and a number of the images taken on the Newcastle flight are shown below.




Image ref: W09_6872 by Pete Lawrence
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