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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Aurora, Orionids, Satellites and a spot of star gazing!

At around 6.30, I received an e-mail from 'Aurora Watch' predicting a display visible all over the UK. Accordingly, Linda and I wrapped up warmly and headed to the top of the Heath, armed with my trusty Pentax and new tripod.

In the event we did manage to see and photograph a somewhat wishy-washy green aurora, but the best photo was of one of the several Orionid meteors we saw. The Orionids are debris from Halley's Comet, believe it or not, so it's always a bit special to see some bright ones!

The sky was clear and dark, so I photographed a few of the best-known constellations, as well as the fuzzy patch that is M31, the Andromeda Galaxy and a few of the seven satellites we watched passing over.

Aurora with helicopter!

Orionid meteor

Cygnus and Vega

Ursa Major (Great Bear or Plough


Andromeda Galaxy, M31

Colourful star cluster in the Milky Way

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