November 2nd 2010, East Midlands Airport

The pre-flight presentations were held in the departure lounge within East Midlands Airport. Paul Money provided a 30 minute talk on the stars and constellations that would be visible during the flight. Pete Lawrence, then followed on to explain the connection between the Sun and the Aurora.

The activity predictions for tonight were quite favourable and the vertical component of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF), known as Bz, was looking promising just before the flight. If Bz points north the aurora tends to be quiet. If Bz points south, the IMF and Earth's magnetic field can connect and more impressive auroral displays are likely to be seen.

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 acted as the onboard astronomical rover on this occasion, assisting any passengers who weren't sure what was being described.

As we approached station, it was obvious that activity was present.

The auroral oval appeared very high on this flight and it was easy to see stars beneath it. Various bright batches appeared and disappeared during the session with a nice cluster of rays being visible to the extreme west towards the end of the flight. Pete and Paul attempted to photograph the aurora and a number of the images taken on the East Midlands flight are shown below.


Meteor trail visible during the flight
Image ref: W10_0490 by Pete Lawrence
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Image ref: W10_0545 by Pete Lawrence
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Meteor trail visible during the flight
Image ref: W10_0548 by Pete Lawrence
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Meteor trail visible during the flight
Image ref: W10_0550 by Pete Lawrence
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Meteor trail visible during the flight
Image ref: W10_0554 by Pete Lawrence
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Meteor trail visible during the flight
Image ref: W10_0555 by Pete Lawrence
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Meteor trail visible during the flight
Image ref: W10_0556 by Pete Lawrence
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Meteor trail visible during the flight
Image ref: W10_0621 by Pete Lawrence
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Meteor trail visible during the flight
Image ref: W10_0628 by Pete Lawrence
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