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Aurora and Noctilucent Cloud Section

The Aurora and Noctilucent Cloud Section encourages the observation of both the aurora and NLC, the recruitment and training of observers, the collection, analysis and reporting on the occurrences of auroral and NLC events in the Northern Hemisphere. The present observer network comprises members of the BAA or other astronomical societies, individual observers, professional meteorologists and officers at sea and in the air. Observations are collected mainly from the British Isles and European countries with a few reports being received from Canada and the United States. The co-ordination of observing in the Southern Hemisphere is carried out by the Royal New Zealand Astronomical Society Aurora Section. Our Section investigates the behaviour of the mid latitude storm aurora as the polar auroral oval expands during active conditions and the fluctuations of NLC between May and August. The original reports as received from observers are placed in the archives of Aberdeen University, Scotland, and the details thereof are the subject of occasional newsletters, reports and technical papers published in the BAA Journal.

Section Officers

DirectorSandra Brantingham Assistant Director (NLC)Ken Kennedy Assistant Director (Magnetic Fluctuations)Ron Livesey