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Auroral activity over Orkney

Looking NNE from Springfield, Rousay, at 6.27pm yesterday. The bright star to the east (right) is Capella, with Castor low down a little above the northern horizon. (picture: John Vetterlein)

Skywatchers in Orkney were treated to a vivid display of the Northern Lights yesterday, Tuesday, November 7.

The auroral activity began in the early evening, in strong twilight at around 5pm, some 70 minutes after sunset.

Rousay-based astronomer and weather watcher John Vetterlein said: “The entire sky was host to various short-lived elements, particularly in the east with rays extending practically to the zenith.

“The Moon rose at 18h 55m, by which time only a persistent northern glow remained that soon diminished to be outshone by a moonlit sky.”

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