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Weather misty until 7 when it cleared off. Very beautifull night. Moon and stars very bright. Lunar haloes showing prismatic colors at times. Lunar rainbow in the S at 10.30. Auroral arch (34? in altitude) from NNE to NNW (mag) which at 11.50 flashed into a magnificient auroral curtain.
Note to Clewi & others transcribing aurora: I asked the PI of Solar Stormwatch about whether these obs would be useful. Here is his answer:"That's a definite yes! Building up historical sequences of auroral observations is really quite important in studying solar activity before the space age."I guess we'll be talking about this some more, but if aurora interests you I'd say the prime directive applies: if you enjoy it, keep doing it (and it looks like there is good reason to). AFTER the vegetables please!
Between 2 and 3. a.m. bright display of Northern Light...Ice blink on starboard beam between 9+11 P.m.
8 to midnight: Bright moonlight + starlight Aurora to Nd.
8pm to Mid: Very brilliant display of aurora visible from NW by N to NE by N. brightest portion NNW.
Commence to 4 am: At 3.20 saw a very vivid meteor in the N'd + W'd
Commence to 4: At 1.15 brilliant Aurora began.
Commence to 4: Display of Aurora.
Commence to 4: Display of aurora during the watch - not very bright
8 pm to midnight: Very brilliant and grand display of the aurora - the brightest part in the NW. The light extended from the E. to W. by N., and to the zenith - The light was so bright at times that objects could be seen at some distance more distinctly than during the brightest moonlight - the stars were particularly bright - The light would pass over the heavens like waves, the outer edges of which were of dark blue color & would then run into each other like waves seen in shoal water.
Commence to 4: Display of aurora but not so bright as previous watch - but in same direction & same form
8 to Midnight: Display of Aurora
Ensign Stoney has a rather open relationship with punctuation, but he's excused considering the conditions they were under.
On September 1?2, 1859, the largest recorded geomagnetic storm occurred. Aurorae were seen around the world, even over the Caribbean; those over the Rocky Mountains were so bright that their glow awoke gold miners, who began preparing breakfast because they thought it was morning. People who happened to be awake in the northeastern US could read a newspaper by the aurora's light.
Keep an eye out for this:QuoteOn September 1?2, 1859, the largest recorded geomagnetic storm occurred. Aurorae were seen around the world, even over the Caribbean; those over the Rocky Mountains were so bright that their glow awoke gold miners, who began preparing breakfast because they thought it was morning. People who happened to be awake in the northeastern US could read a newspaper by the aurora's light.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859