I have just been told that Irish Astronomy has told our local radio station Mid West Radio that you cannot see an aurora from Mayo in Ireland.
What!! Total durr-brains!! Not only have I seen an aurora in Mayo a few years ago, it is perfectly possible on the rare night that conditions are right.
Apparently this arose as the result of a sighting (that unfortunately I missed) and the radio contacted them and the reply was that you cannot see the aurora from Ireland, only from Scotland. Total idiots. You can, I have, and tell that to the people of Donegal for example who have posted pictures on spaceweather.com.
Whilst it is unlikely that it was an aurora it is just possible. See Spaceweather.com for the 22nd August 2011
Oh and in case you wonder? Yes I do know what an aurora looks like. I have seen green ones and red ones during the time I lived in Scotland, and on was the most stupendous sky full of red and pink curtains. A stunning display I shall never forget.
EPIC FAIL Irish Astronomy!