Chance to see the Northern Lights tonight

A large solar storm resulted in the northern lights being seen as far south as the south coast of England on Monday night and the Met Office says there could be more aurora views tonight.

Wednesday, 24th June 2015, 9:26 am
Aurora by Gerry Buckel /[email protected]/

The Met Office blog added: “Large geomagnetic storms can result in disruption to power grids, which is why it is important that these storms are monitored and warned for, although fortunately the UK grid is more resilient to space weather than the grids in many other countries.

“There are no impacts on human health as a result of these solar storms, in fact they can have some very welcome effects in the form of increased aurora, both in effect and extent.”

Met Office Space Weather advisors are now watching more solar activity which could bring more spectacular aurora views on Wednesday night.

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The Met Office blog adds: “To see the northern lights, wait until at least half an hour after sunset, go outside away from artificial lights, let your eyes accustom to the dark and look towards the north.”

Northern Lights - facts:

The bright dancing lights of the aurora are collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun entering the earth’s atmosphere

Auroral displays appear in many colours although pale green and pink are the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have been reported

The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow.

‘Aurora borealis’, the lights of the northern hemisphere, means ‘dawn of the north’.