© Galloway Astronomy Centre 2022 All images are copyright – M Alexander unless otherwise stated
Astronomical Events Observed - 2022
Aurora - 10th / 11th Feb A weak solar storm created an aurora that lasted for about 3 hrs. With multi rays being seen. No colour was visible. Aurora - 8th / 9th March A weak solar storm created an faint aurora that lasted for about 5 hrs. It first appeared as a faint arc with no colour visible. Rays were seen in images. Aurora - 10th / 11th March A very weak solar storm created a short lived aurora of less than 3hrs duration. A green glow through a break in the cloud was all I was able to record. Aurora - 13th / 14th March Aurora activity started during the day. Fortunately as it got dark a hole opened in the Magnetosphere allowing an intense storm of activity. Starting with a faint broad band of light on the horizon it rose higher to for a long arc about 100 deg wide across the sky. This suddenly broke up into beams and waves of rapid motion reaching a peak at 11.30pm before rapidly fading away. The bright moonlight made seeing the colour difficult. Aurora - 27th / 28th March Brief Aurora activity between 21.00 and 23.00. Faint glow visible but only the camera picked up the colours and detail. Aurora - 30th / 31st March Following a large CME a G3 Aurora was expected, however, it was only G2. Activity started at 02.50 with the camera picking up faint green and red bands with a few rays. The aurora was increasing in activity as it was lostin the dawn sky. Seeing 6 aurora in a year I would consider as good. This was is a good sign of increased solar activity for the year ahead. Aurora - 14th/15th Sept Bright Moonlight made seeing the aurora difficult when it started at approx 21.40UT - it was only just visible in images. However, it brightened rapidly producing visible beams along the northern horizon for a while. This died down only to intensify again at 23.00UT (image) with a third burst of activity at 00.10UT. Any further activity could not be seen due to cloud from 00.45UT. Aurora - 22nd/23rd Oct While this aurora lasted for several hours from 18.50UT only a brief glimpse was observed though clouds. Partial Solar eclipse - 25th Oct A partial eclipse of the Sun was visible for almost the whole event from GAC. First contact was at 9.03UT and last contact at 10.46UT. Thin cloud occassionally made imaging with a solar filter difficult. Aurora - 28th /29th Oct Coronal holes caused a G1 storm, however, the aurora was only visible in images. Reaching maximum intensity at 21.30UT
Galloway Astronomy Centre Discover the Dark Skies of Galloway
“It’s the best view I’ve ever had” - Prof Ian Morison (Jodrell Bank)
© Galloway Astronomy Centre 2022 All images are copyright – M Alexander unless otherwise stated
Astronomical Events Observed - 2022
Galloway Astronomy Centre Discover the Dark Skies of Galloway
“It’s the best view I’ve ever had” - Prof Ian Morison (Jodrell Bank)
Aurora - 10th / 11th Feb A weak solar storm created an aurora that lasted for about 3 hrs. With multi rays being seen. No colour was visible except in the images. Aurora - 8th / 9th March A weak solar storm created an faint aurora that lasted for about 5 hrs. It first appeared as a faint arc with no colour visible. Rays were seen in images. Aurora - 10th / 11th March A very weak solar storm created a short lived aurora of less than 3hrs duration. A green glow through a break in the cloud was all I was able to record. Aurora - 13th / 14th March Aurora activity started during the day. Fortunately as it got dark a hole opened in the Magnetosphere allowing an intense storm of activity. Starting with a faint broad band of light on the horizon it rose higher to for a long arc about 100 deg wide across the sky. This suddenly broke up into beams and waves of rapid motion reaching a peak at 11.30pm before rapidly fading away. The bright moonlight made seeing the colour difficult. Aurora - 27th / 28th March Brief Aurora activity between 21.00 and 23.00. Faint glow visible but only the camera picked up the colours and detail. Aurora - 30th / 31st March Following a large CME a G3 Aurora was expected, however, it was only G2. Activity started at 02.50 with the camera picking up faint green and red bands with a few rays. The aurora was increasing in activity as it was lostin the dawn sky. Seeing 6 aurora in a year I would consider as good. This was is a good sign of increased solar activity for the year ahead. Aurora - 14th/15th Sept Bright Moonlight made seeing the aurora difficult when it started at approx 21.40UT - it was only just visible in images. However, it brightened rapidly producing visible beams along the northern horizon for a while. This died down only to intensify again at 23.00UT (image) with a third burst of activity at 00.10UT. Any further activity could not be seen due to cloud from 00.45UT. Aurora - 22nd/23rd Oct While this aurora lasted for several hours from 18.50UT only a brief glimpse was observed though clouds. Partial Solar eclipse - 25th Oct A partial eclipse of the Sun was visible for almost the whole event from GAC. First contact was at 9.03UT and last contact at 10.46UT. Thin cloud occassionally made imaging with a solar filter difficult. Aurora - 28th /29th Oct Coronal holes caused a G1 storm, however, the aurora was only visible in images. Reaching maximum intensity at 21.30UT
Galloway Astronomy Centre Discover the Dark Skies of Galloway
Astronomical Events Observed - 2022
Aurora - 10th / 11th Feb A weak solar storm created an aurora that lasted for about 3 hrs. With multi rays being seen. No colour was visible except in the images. Aurora - 8th / 9th March A weak solar storm created an faint aurora that lasted for about 5 hrs. It first appeared as a faint arc with no colour visible. Rays were seen in images. Aurora - 10th / 11th March A very weak solar storm created a short lived aurora of less than 3hrs duration. A green glow through a break in the cloud was all I was able to record. Aurora - 13th / 14th March Aurora activity started during the day. Fortunately as it got dark a hole opened in the Magnetosphere allowing an intense storm of activity. Starting with a faint broad band of light on the horizon it rose higher to for a long arc about 100 deg wide across the sky. This suddenly broke up into beams and waves of rapid motion reaching a peak at 11.30pm before rapidly fading away. The bright moonlight made seeing the colour difficult. Aurora - 27th / 28th March Brief Aurora activity between 21.00 and 23.00. Faint glow visible but only the camera picked up the colours and detail. Aurora - 30th / 31st March Following a large CME a G3 Aurora was expected, however, it was only G2. Activity started at 02.50 with the camera picking up faint green and red bands with a few rays. The aurora was increasing in activity as it was lostin the dawn sky. Seeing 6 aurora in a year I would consider as good. This was is a good sign of increased solar activity for the year ahead. Aurora - 14th/15th Sept Bright Moonlight made seeing the aurora difficult when it started at approx 21.40UT - it was only just visible in images. However, it brightened rapidly producing visible beams along the northern horizon for a while. This died down only to intensify again at 23.00UT (image) with a third burst of activity at 00.10UT. Any further activity could not be seen due to cloud from 00.45UT. Aurora - 22nd/23rd Oct While this aurora lasted for several hours from 18.50UT only a brief glimpse was observed though clouds. Partial Solar eclipse - 25th Oct A partial eclipse of the Sun was visible for almost the whole event from GAC. First contact was at 9.03UT and last contact at 10.46UT. Thin cloud occassionally made imaging with a solar filter difficult. Aurora - 28th /29th Oct Coronal holes caused a G1 storm, however, the aurora was only visible in images. Reaching maximum intensity at 21.30UT