Awesome aurorae

 Image: Jamie Cooper.

Image: Jamie Cooper.

The Northern Lights are one of nature’s true splendours and given that to see them one usually must venture north close to the Arctic Circle, the combination of the aurora and the Arctic backdrop can make for a particularly awesome adventure.

However, the brilliance of the aurora is wholly dependent upon the power of the Sun, but our closest star is now quietening, its maximum activity having passed in 2013. If you wish to see the Northern Lights, this winter and next might be the best opportunity you have for quite a few years.

To kick off this year’s European AstroFest on the morning of Friday 7th February, Ian Ridpath will describe the aurora – how they are created and what they are like to view, and offers recommendations on where to go to see them and how to capture their ethereal colours on camera.

Don’t miss out – Find out how to book tickets to see this and other talks at European AstroFest 2014.