The lights are said to be more visible because the Sun is highly active – throwing out many of the charged particles behind the phenomenon.
The Aurora is caused by the interaction of solar wind, a stream of particles escaping the Sun, and Earth’s atmosphere.
Here are some images captured over Doncaster last weekend by residents and photographers.
Amanda Whitnall. Location: Rig (the Roman Ridge Road), top end of Scawsby, Doncaster.
“I was out for 2 hours, and it wasn’t until I headed back when the clouds started coming out.”
“Until this year, I have only ever seen the Aurora once, and that was in Scotland ( your best bet UK-wise normally), but to see it from near enough to my doorstep at least three times this year.”
She advises, “If you haven’t already, download this app. The Glendale App is not in any app store. Only available from the website. The world’s most accurate aurora app. ” https://aurora-alerts.uk/
Amanda has recommended the following if you want to try and capture them for yourselves. “Tips I’d only suggest as far away from light pollution as possible and point north, but if the readings go through the roof like last week, it won’t be difficult.”
Niall Bell. Location: Pit Top Branton. In the Cantley/Branton area
Niall advises, “Observing the Aurora with your naked eye can be challenging in the UK, but capturing them on your phone is easy! Find somewhere away from street lights, set your phone camera to night mode (Google how to do this) and snap away! That’s how these photos were taken.”
Find more of Niall’s unique photography on his Instagram, including some fabulous nature photos. He even managed to capture the rare red squirrels.
Simon Beasley. Location: Finningley, Doncaster
“I captured the Aurora Borealis – Northern Lights in my back garden. Now, I’ve been lucky enough to see them in Lapland and on a plane, but seeing them here in my garden now is something special.”
“‘I’ve been chasing them for a few years now, but this is the first time I’ve seen them in the UK. Fingers crossed, it won’t be the last.”
Find more amazing photos Simon took in our area on his Instagram, including some fantastic pictures of the recent fireworks displays.
Simon’s tips for capturing this amazing phenomenon.
“Tips for tonight: If you want to see the Aurora, try to find somewhere as dark as possible with as little cloud as possible. You might not see them with your eyes, but the camera can see them. “
See more amazing photos of the Northern Lights captured last Saturday in and around South Yorkshire on a slide show we put together on our youtube channel https://youtu.be/YcNUOUDqnMQ
More lights are predicted to be visible again tonight.
Possible Aurora late Saturday night (11/11/23)! According to the Facebook page Go Stargazing. They have said, “The animation shows a full-halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from the Sun, which was imaged by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) yesterday.
It takes approximately 48 hours for the charged particles to reach the Earth; when drawn into the magnetic field lines towards the North and South poles, the particles crash into the gaseous atmosphere, causing Oxygen to glow green and yellow.
Keep an eye on your favourite Aurora apps! We’ll post updates tomorrow. “
Let’s hope for clear skies over Doncaster tonight, and remember to share your photos with us here at The South Yorkshire Scoop.