November 6th 2010, Edinburgh Airport

The pre-flight presentations were held at the Edinburgh Hilton Hotel, Edinburgh 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 fairly optimistic. The vertical component of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF), known as Bz, was difficult to predict 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. Paul Money and Pete Lawrence provided an enthusiastic commentary on what could be seen in terms of the stars, constellations and auroral activity outside the plane. Jayne Eames acted as the onboard astronomical rover on this occasion, assisting any passengers who weren't sure what was being described.

As we approached station, there was definite activity visible close to the northern horizon.

There was plenty of subtle activity visible during this flight including some bright pulses and faint rays. A larger ray also recorded via our camera but this was very short lived. Pete and Paul attempted to photograph the aurora and a number of the images taken on the Edinburgh flight are shown below.


Image ref: W10_1031 by Pete Lawrence
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