Welcome to the Aurora Section

The SPA Aurora Section routinely observes the annual occurrence of the aurora and noctilucent cloud (NLC); both phenomena occur on the fringes of space in the Earth’s upper atmosphere.


The Section offers advice on how best to observe and subsequently submit auroral reports. Our aim is to train members in the use of standard observing and reporting procedures and to promote a general interest in observational astronomy. We are especially pleased to welcome young or novice amateurs, though astronomers of all abilities and age groups regularly contribute to our observing projects.

Observing the aurora or noctilucent cloud is a naked eye activity and requires no special equipment – other than some enthusiasm and patience!

On this site you will find practical advice and information on how to conduct useful observations.

Sandra Brantingham

Aurora & NLC Director

NLC Sightings- 2018

NLC ALERT – I have NLC to the zenith at 57.35N at 23.30UT 02 July 2018.

It will be visible through out the UK and could go further.

aurora and nlc

The last NLC and the first aurora of the season in 2013.

This was taken from my croft at Glenbarry, NE Scotland on the 4/5th August 2013

Latest auroral data

Date 01/02 June 2018
Aurora Alert State Medium
Level Up to 6 so far
Info A Coronal hole  began impacting the Earth 1 day ago. The field is going positive and negative and a G1 storm is in progress with a wind speed over 720 kps. I have cloud cover in the Moray Firth so no conformation
Visible from… As far south as sothern Scoland but could go further.