March 4th 2011, Cardiff Airport

The pre-flight presentations for tonight's flight were held in the main terminal of Cardiff International Airport.

After an introduction from Omega's Peter Truman, Nigel Bradbury 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.
A forecast was given at the end of Pete's talk. We were still under the influence of a large coronal hole for this flight so expectations were cautiously optimistic. However, there was an element of uncertainty as the influential stream of particles was due to come to an end over the coming hours.

As we flew closer to the auroral oval in a superbly dark cabin, it was clear that there was a glow on the horizon. As we approached station, the glow remained but, much like last night's flight from Bristol, failed to show much activity. This situation remained throughout the time we were on station. There was a very brief period of enhanced activity which was recorded in the photos taken, but this was very short lived.

Pete and Nigel Bradbury 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.

Pete 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 taking these shots means that sometimes ordered prints may vary in appearance slightly to that seen on a computer monitor.


Image ref: S11_BRS_20110304_6986 by Pete Lawrence
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Image ref: S11_BRS_20110304_6995 by Pete Lawrence
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Image ref: S11_BRS_20110304_6998 by Pete Lawrence
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Image ref: S11_BRS_20110304_7000 by Pete Lawrence
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Image ref: S11_BRS_20110304_7038 by Pete Lawrence
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