Magnetic Storm and Aurora on February 9–10


AN unusually beautiful display of aurora borealis was seen here (51° 56′ N. lat., 2° 35′ W. long.) between 6.30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Saturday evening, February 9. At about 6.30 p.m. I became aware that the north-western sky, instead of darkening after sunset, was becoming lighter, and the quivering upward rays showed that it was the northern lights. The aurora was at its best between 8 p.m. and 9.30 p.m., stretching half across the northern heavens from Cetus to Leo, from the horizon upwards towards the zenith, some of the curved flashes reaching to Jupiter.

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A., E. Magnetic Storm and Aurora on February 9–10. Nature 75, 367 (1907).

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