31st March - 1st April 2001

When the sun set on the 31st March 2001 the sky at home was overcast. Looking to the north east, however, the sky appeared clear. Knowing that the expectation of auroral activity was high the Observing Group of AFA (FOG) travelled into the Kingdom of Fife to Kingsbarns, just a few miles south of St. Andrews, to a good observing site looking north and east over the North Sea. As the sky darkened we could see the aurora in action and anticipation was rising. By the time we arrived the display had weakened, but our patience was rewarded when the aurora erupted around 22:00 UT and we were treated to a splendid display for 20 minutes or so.

Here are a few of my photos taken at Kingsbarns, Scotland, between about 21:30 UT on the 31st March 2001 and 00:15 UT on the 1st April 2001.

A curtain in the direction of Perseus and Cassiopeia. Jupiter and Pleiades are lower left.

Lovely red and green bands in the NE.

An arc and partial curtain in the direction of Cepheus.

Superb reds and greens looking NE in direction of Cygnus and Lyra.


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