On the 14th Oct aurora activity was forecast to be increased at 1500 onwards due to a CME side-swiping earth's magnetic field. A wonderful forecast of clear skies was due throughout the night so it looked like there would be a chance of a display.
I got in position at my favourite vantage point on the north side of the isle and as dusk turned to darkness I soon began to see green as there was a pale auroral arc on the northern horizon. I got a time-lapse going before a large nimbus cloud blocked the north side before slowly dispersing over an hour later with a light southerly wind. At around 2330 the display really intensified for 10-15 minutes with green columns rippling through the sky as its strength rose to around 5kp. A spectacular display which I shared with a lovely young family experiencing the spectacle for their first time.
|Glengorm Aurora, 15 sec, f2.8. iso 2000|
|Aurora from Croig, 15 sec, f2.8. iso2000|
The next day my aurora encounter was publicised in the Scotsman, Press and Journal, The Times and the Metro - http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/northern-lights-captured-over-the-isle-of-mull-1-3575154