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Rare Form of Northern Lights Spotted near Oban

If you’ve ever seen the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, you’ll know how spectacular they are even if it’s only a short display.

Here’ in Oban we can see them clearly on good weather nights under the right conditions. This year some fortunate star gazers near Oban were able to catch a glimpse of Steve (Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement) which is a rare form of the Lights. What makes Steve special is that rather than shimmering curtains of light, the effect is more like a thin arc of purple light aligned east-west stretching up into space.

We don’t know of anyone who captured photos of this rare astronomical treat but the accompanying photo gives a good idea of what Oban sees of the Aurora on a good night.

Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) seen from the Scottish Highlands

Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) seen from the Scottish Highlands

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