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 – the season finished on the 26th August 2018.

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 07/08 October 2018
Aurora Alert State Medium
Level Up to 6 so far
Info A Coronal hole began impacting the Earth at 06.00UT 7 October 2018. The field is going positive and negative and a G1 storm is in progress with a wind speed over 520 kps. I have cloud cover in the Moray Firth so no conformation
Visible from… As far south as northern England but could go further.