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The Aurorae Of 1870-72


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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    I'm not sure whether people of that era reported natural phenomena more so than they do now or because light pollution wasn't such a problem back then, I suspect its a bit of both but I've never seen so many reports of aurorae as during that period of 1870-72.

    Here's a selection of reports from various parts where aurorae were witnessed.

    1870

    2nd January: Aurora seen at Manchester.

    3rd January: Fine aurora in the evening seen from many areas

    1st February: Very fine auroral arch from 7pm to 10pm

    10th February: Pale aurora seen at Cambridge

    2nd March: Aurora seen at Winchmore Hill

    13th March: A deep red aurora seen from many areas

    22nd: Very fine aurora from 9pm to midnight

    Aurora seen from many parts on the 2nd, 5th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 21st and 28th April

    28th May: Bright aurora seen in the early morning

    20th,21st, 22nd August: Aurorae seen from a number of areas.

    24th and 25th September: Fine aurorae

    6th,13th, 14th, 15th and 20th: aurorae, brilliant aurorae on the 2th and 25th October

    Forest Lodge Maresfield: Several fine displays of aurorae were visible during the year.

    Bogside: On several nights in November and December we had beautiful displays of aurora, so much so that the equals are very rarely seen in this locality; they extended over the whole heavens and were of all colours.

    1871

    February: several slight auroral displays.

    April

    1st: Red aurora

    9th: Lightning and aurora in evening, brightest between 10 and 11pm

    13th: Aurora

    14th: Aurora

    15th: Aurora

    16th: Aurora

    20th: Aurora

    May

    17th: Aurora at night

    September

    7th: Fine aurora

    November

    9th and 10th: Widely seen aurorae

    16th: Slight aurora

    17th: Fine aurora

    1872

    February

    2nd: Aurora

    4th: Magnificent aurora.

    March

    1st: Aurora

    7th: Aurora

    April

    10th: Brilliant aurora

    15th: Fine aurora

    September

    8th: Pale aurora

    October

    14th: Brilliant aurora

    17th and 18th: Aurorae

    24th September 1870

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    1870

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  • Location: Kingdom of Fife: 56.2º N, 3.2º W
  • Location: Kingdom of Fife: 56.2º N, 3.2º W

    What I do notice is the accuarcy ( within the understanding of the day) of the descriptions and sketches. Our Victorian forebears certainly had a way with words!

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