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Aurora Borealis Question

Post by Red1530 » Thu Sep 22, 2005 7:32 pm

Is it possible to see the Aurora Borealis in FS9 and if so then how?

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Post by ricktobin » Thu Sep 22, 2005 7:47 pm

Yes, it is possible. Fly around Alaska/Canada at night. Those are two areas where I have seen it.

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Post by Red1530 » Thu Sep 22, 2005 7:53 pm

Thanks because of my location is allmost imposable to see it.

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Post by Mythrilfan » Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:40 pm

the south pole is a nice place, too

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Post by nickdoubleu » Fri Sep 23, 2005 6:45 am

I seen it at FL32 over Moscow 8O

I would guess that was probably an error with the program however.

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Post by Jort » Fri Sep 23, 2005 7:44 am

I have seen it enroute from Aberdeen (scotland) to Amsterdam Schiphol..

very nice effect!

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Post by Captain_Sean » Fri Sep 23, 2005 10:38 am

Is it part of fs, or do you have to download an effect?

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Post by Mythrilfan » Fri Sep 23, 2005 11:04 am

it is a part of the game. and over moscow? why not, i've seen them here in Estonia in real life (Y)

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Post by nickdoubleu » Fri Sep 23, 2005 12:50 pm

Sorry, excuse my ignorance, I've never really researched it and thought it was a phenomenon only found on the poles

A very nice effect indeed

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Post by Commander Cool » Fri Sep 23, 2005 6:20 pm

lol, this page: http://www.geo.mtu.edu/weather/aurora/ should answer all your queries upon the phenomena ;)

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Post by bschott » Fri Sep 23, 2005 7:04 pm

Even better if you want to find the aurora...

http://www.gi.alaska.edu/cgi-bin/predict.cgi

Seems fs9's weather also picks up the aurora's forcast as well :)

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Post by Red1530 » Sat Sep 24, 2005 2:19 am

I seen it at FL32 over Moscow
I would guess that was probably an error with the program however.
No it was probely wasn't because Moscow is at a very high lattitude.

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Post by bschott » Sat Sep 24, 2005 2:23 am

never heard of 3200 feet being called FL23 but sure :p

Just kidding, knew you ment FL230

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Post by myheadspinsincircles » Sat Sep 24, 2005 10:36 am

and i know that YOU meant FL320 :P haha
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Post by brettr10 » Mon Sep 26, 2005 9:40 pm

As far down as Scotland it is visible and I've seen it in Canada, fantastic experience. In FS just fly anywhere above 60 degrees lat and climb to over FL150 and it's visible everytime you go looking for it as long as it's night lol. I still haven't seen the southern lights though in FS.

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Post by bschott » Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:29 pm

brettr10 wrote:As far down as Scotland it is visible and I've seen it in Canada, fantastic experience. In FS just fly anywhere above 60 degrees lat and climb to over FL150 and it's visible everytime you go looking for it as long as it's night lol. I still haven't seen the southern lights though in FS.
not nitpicking here (just helpful advice) the term FLxxx isn't really supposed to be used unless you are talking about an altitude at or above 18,000 (Transition altitude). so it would be 15,000 not FL150 ;)

I get an earful of it on Vatsim when I mess that up lol.

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Post by Commander Cool » Tue Sep 27, 2005 7:22 pm

wooo go Scotland...I didn't know we could see it but i've never looked I suppose :P

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Post by myownman » Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:39 pm

I saw a fantastic display in Spokane, WA one night in the mid-1980's while camping out. Greatest display I've ever seen, though I haven't been much further north than that. Kept me awake enjoying it most of the night!

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Post by davidbrown2 » Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:58 pm

We cant see it down here sadly, But, Microsoft in their immortal wisdom have decided we can see it in Glasgow... i remember when i first saw it, i was flying a nice short flight from Glasgow to Machrihanish, when i saw it over Glasgow, i thought it was an error in the clouds, but, it turns out that it was the good ol' northern lights!
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Post by brettr10 » Thu Sep 29, 2005 12:51 pm

Bschott, you're right about that and Flight levels would only be used using the ISA (International Standard Atmosphere) pressure settings (QNH) which could varie considerably to the QFE so I'm sorry for that. I should have just said 15,000ft. Well done for spotting that. Flight levels don't always start at 18,000ft and above, it depends on what pressure setting you are using and in what airspace you are transitioning also whether you are IFR or VFR and if a flight plan has been filed. Eg. Daventry CTA has flight levels at 5000ft and above and then once in them you should start using the semicircular rule. The ISA measurement for standard pressure is 1013.6mb at sea level as opposed to a varying pressure at aerodromes (QFE).

When I say Scotland I'm not talking about the South. You would at least need to go as far up as Inverness and then it's rare.

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Post by Commander Cool » Thu Sep 29, 2005 3:42 pm

Glasgow isn't in the south-its in the central belt and Inverness: the highlands 8)

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Post by brettr10 » Tue Oct 04, 2005 3:43 pm

lol derek. You knew what I meant!!

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Post by dscplpat » Tue Oct 04, 2005 3:47 pm

It is quite visible during the winter in Green Bay, WI on certain nights when conditions are just right.....I have heard it in Canada. Anyone else hear it? sounds like a faint deep humming sound.

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Post by Commander Cool » Tue Oct 04, 2005 6:40 pm

lol, of course I knew what you meant Brett 8)

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Post by CessnaFlyer182 » Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:49 am

Just got of my Flight Sim. I was checking out the Auroras in Alaska. That is awesome!! I had no idea they were on the FS.

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Post by groundsquirrel » Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:02 am

And, there are a couple of nice borealis effects for FS to replace the default texture.
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Post by Behrentzs » Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:41 pm

U can also start at EKCH - Kastrup, Denmark, and go there an evening. Then I bet that u will see some on your climb. This is what I saw yesterday :D
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Post by Sulaco » Fri Mar 23, 2007 4:29 pm

nickdoubleu wrote:Sorry, excuse my ignorance, I've never really researched it and thought it was a phenomenon only found on the poles

A very nice effect indeed
Actually they can be seen world wide. It is only very rare. They have seen them in South America, right on the equator even.

Now I have to go look for one in FS.

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Post by TJ33 » Fri Mar 23, 2007 6:06 pm

Oh yeah, the Aurora can be seen at certain times of the year usually at sundown fall and early winter. The Anchorage newspaper has a note in the weather info on when Aurora appears...

I was surprised how accurate the FS9 Aurora color is. The first time I saw it was when I was on final ILS approach into Deadhorse (PBAC) runway 4, nighttime fog and low clouds when suddenly green fire started flashing around the DCH-6 turbo. Startled me then I realized that it was the Aurora...

Above the Arctic circle is the best location. Although I have seen it many times across the Aleutians. Plus, approaches into Fairbanks and Anchorage....

Once parked on the tarmac at Homer at sundown the Aurora was really flaming... Very pretty. Nome is another good location..

Sometimes (rarely) a UFO appears in the green fire on a clear night, above 10k ft.... It disappears when you get close to it (graphics card hiccup) ???

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Post by capt.PropwashKCHS » Fri Mar 23, 2007 11:12 pm

sorry if i stole your pic, it just so happened to be in the Random Screenshot area, and it fit the topic. here is a Great pic of the aurora's


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