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Can I see the Northern Lights tonight?

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The Northern Lights seen from Orkney, Scotland in September 2021[/caption]

Can I see the Northern Lights tonight?

Depending on whereabouts you live in the UK, you could well get a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis again tonight.

The Met Office previously indicated that increased geomagnetic activity will improve visibility in the north, but even people as far south as Norfolk also stand a chance.

Large areas of colour, including green, pink, red, yellow, blue and purple, will light up the sky.

The phenomenon is caused by electrically charged particles from the sun smashing into gaseous particles in Earth’s atmosphere.

This is often accompanied by a coronal mass ejection – otherwise known as a huge expulsion of plasma from the sun’s outer layer.

Where can I watch the Aurora Borealis in the UK?

Scotland tends to be the best place to watch the lights from as it is furthest north.

However, northern England, north Wales and Northern Ireland also often get a pretty good show.

And, if under the right conditions, the lights can be seen throughout the UK.

Tonight, the Met Office estimates those living in the far north of Scotland are in with the best shot of catching a glimpse at the lights.

Skies are forecast to be mostly clear, however, some rain and fierce winds are forecast so skygazers should be cautious.

What is the best way to see the Northern Lights?

Experts say the best way to get a good look at the lights is in complete darkness, away from any light pollution.

It also helps if the sky is clear of any clouds, and you are in a remote area.

The lights generally extend from 50 miles to as high as 400 miles above the Earth’s surface.

North-facing coasts offer some of the best views, according to forecasters, but anywhere looking northward will offer you the best opportunity.

The Northern Lights are most active during the Equinox and Solstice in March/April and September/October, according to the Met Office.

Heading out at between 7pm and 2am is recommended, but any time in the late evening should give you a glimpse of the glow.

The lights are most likely to be seen in the northern-most parts of the UK but may also be visible as far south as Norfolk.

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