The Aurora Borealis, or as its more commonly known, the Northern Lights, is a natural light show resulting from an interaction between the magnetic fields of the Earth and the Sun. The Aurora’s appearance can vary from a weak glow to a breathtaking, sky-filling spectacle, and even though the best views may be had from ground level, visibility can be hampered by surrounding light pollution, bad weather or an inconveniently cloudy night.
We are delighted that once again our main guest astronomer for these excursions will be Pete Lawrence. A Northern Lights favourite, Pete appeared regularly in the first series of the BBC’s long-running Sky at Night programme as their observing expert, and is now being seen on our screens as one of the main presenters on the second series which launched in February 2014. He recently featured in the incredibly popular BBC Star Gazing Live series and is highly regarded as a world-class astrophotographer.
Joining Pete on Omega’s expert astronomy team will be Nigel Bradbury, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and an active amateur astronomer for over 40 years who has joined many of our previous Northern Lights flights. Nigel was also outdoor 'live' commentator on the Total Solar Eclipse in 2006, in Belek, Southern Turkey.
Another one our experts is Dr Lee Sproats, who has appeared on the BBC Sky at Night programme too, speaking about the Halley's Comet return from (his then) backyard observatory and was on the live Giotto spacecraft Halley encounter broadcast from the Royal Greenwich Observatory. Lee has also spent time working in the physics department at the University of Surrey.