To illustrate my point about the Aurora activity/cloud correlation there is this picture.
When the Sun’s having a full on wobbler the visibility here is always pretty much bugger all, when it clears up then the Sun has a little break from sending stuff our way that will turn the sky green and purple. Still, it will be permanent night-time soon and I’ll have more chances of seeing the sky go nuts.
Also like to add this picture for my Mum, who told me yesterday that she couldn’t tell what I was on about with the photo from a few posts back showing the Southern Cross constellation. Here it is a bit clearer, with the four bright stars in the centre showing an upside down crucifix. Hope that’s better for you Ma.