Northern Lights shimmer over Newport

South Wales Argus: SEE THE LIGHT: Ami Tyler took this picture of the Northern Lights above Newport SEE THE LIGHT: Ami Tyler took this picture of the Northern Lights above Newport

THIS picture was captured in the early hours of Friday morning by a Newport student who managed to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights as they shimmered high above the city skyline.

It was taken at around 12.45am on January 10, from George Street Bridge, by 20-year-old Ami Tyler, who studies Business and Law at the University of South Wales, Newport.

She had ventured outside along with her flatmate, Meg Redman, 21, and took the photo with her Canon EOS 550D camera.

Scientists had predicted that the Northern Lights could be visible to South Wales stargazers late last week.

The Northern Lights, a natural light display which usually takes place in the Arctic regions, appear as shimmering green waves of light when atoms in the Earth’s high-altitude atmosphere collide with energetic charged particles from the sun.

It is only visible in this part of the world if the skies remain clear.

Miss Tyler, who is originally from Middlesbrough currently lives in a flat in Pill, said: “We heard about it so we thought ‘why not?’

“We weren’t really sure if it was (the Northern Lights) or not at first – we were looking in the wrong direction to begin with.”

The third-year student added: “It was going on for quite a while – 10 minutes or so.

“It was a clear sky when we went out but it started to rain a bit and cloud over so we went home.

“It came out much clearer on my laptop once I got back to my flat. If you didn’t know it was there, and if you weren’t looking, you wouldn’t have seen it.”

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10:15am Mon 13 Jan 14

Kelly23 says...

looks like the light off the bridge to me lol
looks like the light off the bridge to me lol Kelly23

12:15pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Owenmeredith says...

I can safely say that isn't the Northern Lights. Seeing them (and photographing them) in the Arctic, and also from on top of Blaenavon, this is certainly not them - this is 100% light pollution. It's facing the wrong direction also, as north is towards Pontypool (the right of this photo) than Twmbarlem. The solar flare/geomagnetic storm that was predicted to hit us only amounted to half the strength it was expected, meaning that even as far north as Scotland were not able to see them.
I can safely say that isn't the Northern Lights. Seeing them (and photographing them) in the Arctic, and also from on top of Blaenavon, this is certainly not them - this is 100% light pollution. It's facing the wrong direction also, as north is towards Pontypool (the right of this photo) than Twmbarlem. The solar flare/geomagnetic storm that was predicted to hit us only amounted to half the strength it was expected, meaning that even as far north as Scotland were not able to see them. Owenmeredith

3:47pm Mon 13 Jan 14

p stani says...

Any chance of some lights in our streets at night NCC its beyond a joke this town.
Any chance of some lights in our streets at night NCC its beyond a joke this town. p stani

10:18pm Mon 13 Jan 14

BernardCCC says...

'If you weren't looking, you wouldn't have seen it'! Never!
'If you weren't looking, you wouldn't have seen it'! Never! BernardCCC

8:57am Tue 14 Jan 14

JenkBen says...

Since they probably used a slow shutter speed, this is probably just light pollution. Good reporting Argus...
Since they probably used a slow shutter speed, this is probably just light pollution. Good reporting Argus... JenkBen

1:56pm Tue 14 Jan 14

crawford.wales says...

haarp weather weapon, or government night spraying
haarp weather weapon, or government night spraying crawford.wales

7:08pm Tue 14 Jan 14

westender says...

Grass fire on the Gaer?
Grass fire on the Gaer? westender

7:17pm Tue 14 Jan 14

coidmellyn says...

IT MIGHT BE OWEN HE SAID HE WOULD COME BACK WHEN WALES NEEDED HIM ?
IT MIGHT BE OWEN HE SAID HE WOULD COME BACK WHEN WALES NEEDED HIM ? coidmellyn

9:55pm Wed 15 Jan 14

bugsy93 says...

Probably another stolen car on fire in Talywain.
Probably another stolen car on fire in Talywain. bugsy93

4:05pm Thu 23 Jan 14

DavidMclean says...

Owenmeredith wrote:
I can safely say that isn't the Northern Lights. Seeing them (and photographing them) in the Arctic, and also from on top of Blaenavon, this is certainly not them - this is 100% light pollution. It's facing the wrong direction also, as north is towards Pontypool (the right of this photo) than Twmbarlem. The solar flare/geomagnetic storm that was predicted to hit us only amounted to half the strength it was expected, meaning that even as far north as Scotland were not able to see them.
Yup, Twmbarlwm is almost exactly NNE from George Street Bridge, which would put the 'lights' somewhere over southern Greenland.
[quote][p][bold]Owenmeredith[/bold] wrote: I can safely say that isn't the Northern Lights. Seeing them (and photographing them) in the Arctic, and also from on top of Blaenavon, this is certainly not them - this is 100% light pollution. It's facing the wrong direction also, as north is towards Pontypool (the right of this photo) than Twmbarlem. The solar flare/geomagnetic storm that was predicted to hit us only amounted to half the strength it was expected, meaning that even as far north as Scotland were not able to see them.[/p][/quote]Yup, Twmbarlwm is almost exactly NNE from George Street Bridge, which would put the 'lights' somewhere over southern Greenland. DavidMclean

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