February 28th 2011, Leeds/Bradford Airport

The pre-flight presentations for tonight's flight were held in the Britannia Hotel at Bramhope, Leeds.

After an introduction from Omega's Peter Truman, Paul Money proceeded in giving a presentation on the stars and constellations which would be visible during the flight. This was then followed by Pete Lawrence who gave a talk on the Northern Lights themselves.

A forecast was given at the end of Pete's talk. After quite a run of some quite weak displays, Pete was optimistic that the conditions which trigger the aurora were starting to come together.

As we flew closer to the auroral oval in a superbly dark cabin, it was clear that there was a tangible glow on the horizon. As we approached station, the glow brightened and several rays developed. As the plane turned the aurora brightened and gave everyone on board a superb display of the Northern Lights. A superb effort by the flight deck gave us lots of time on station and a lovely view of the various bright patches, rays and curtains that appeared and disappeared during our viewing session.

Pete and Paul gave a running commentary throughout the flight on what stars, constellations and planets could be seen outside the aircraft and as usual, these were quite stunning, especially the 'summer' Milky Way stretching up across the northern sky.

Jayne Eames was the roving astronomer on tonight's flight, helping passengers as she wandered down the aircraft.

Pete and Paul tried to get some photographs of the aurora and the best of these are shown below. Please note that the extreme light levels and high sensitivity of the camera required to take these shots means that sometimes ordered prints may vary in appearance slightly to that seen on a computer monitor.


Image ref: S11_LBA_20110228_6591 by Pete Lawrence
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Image ref: S11_LBA_20110228_6604 by Pete Lawrence
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Image ref: S11_LBA_20110228_6625 by Pete Lawrence
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Image ref: S11_LBA_20110228_6634 by Pete Lawrence
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Image ref: S11_LBA_20110228_6660 by Pete Lawrence
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Image ref: S11_LBA_20110228_6661 by Pete Lawrence
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Image ref: S11_LBA_20110228_6666 by Pete Lawrence
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Image ref: S11_LBA_20110228_6667 by Pete Lawrence
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Image ref: S11_LBA_20110228_6668 by Pete Lawrence
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Image ref: S11_LBA_20110228_6670 by Pete Lawrence
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