November 8th 2010, Glasgow Airport

The pre-flight presentations were held at the Holiday Inn, Glasgow 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 difficult to predict. The output from a coronal hole was estimated to reach Earth on the 9th or 10th of November but whether the advanced disturbance from this would reach us early wasn't known. The vertical component of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF), known as Bz, was positioned well south just before this 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 indication of activity as a definite faint glow on the horizon.

Like last night the auroral oval did appear rather distant during this flight but we were fortunate enough, on this occasion, to catch some brighter patches forming. A number of these were noted throughout our time on station as well as the hint of some faint rays. Pete and Paul attempted to photograph the aurora and a number of the images taken on the Glasgow flight are shown below.


Image ref: W10_1237 by Pete Lawrence
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