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East Lothian aurora receives star treatment

Aurora pictured from Humbie

Aurora pictured from Humbie

One East Lothian resident was counting his lucky stars this week after witnessing a rare stellar treat.

The greyness of the Scottish summer was dramatically interrupted in the early hours of Monday morning by a dazzling and colourful light show, captured on camera by amateur stargazer and professional photographer Jim Hunter.

His image of the county’s skyline - silhouetted against the Aurora Borealis - was soon being admired around the world after catching the attention of Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor.

A space weather alert issued by the British Geological Survey last Friday predicted that a solar flare the previous evening would result in increased geomagnetic activity, with an increased chance of seeing aurora displays at lower than normal latitudes.

Full story in this week’s East Lothian News. On sale now.

 

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