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Northern Lights could be visible above Britain TONIGHT thanks to solar storm

Mirror logo Mirror 14-03-2018 Tom Davidson

The Northern Lights will be visible over parts of the UK tonight, according to experts.

A solar storm will cause the spectacular phenomena to light up the night sky for Scotland, parts of northern England and possibly north Wales.

It could be visible further south if the aurora is stronger than expected.

Daniel Billett, a member of the AuroraWatch UK team, told Sky News: "Today and tomorrow has been forecast for a G1 minor geomagnetic storm by the North Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

"This is due to fast streams of energetic particles finally making their way to Earth from the sun.

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"Over the next couple of days, there’s a very real chance we could see the aurora in places around the UK."

Alistair McLean, managing director of The Aurora Zone, said: “This time of year does coincide with the equinox, which is often associated with higher levels of solar activity.

"The Space Weather Prediction Centre is suggesting that we might see a KP5 tonight.

"The KP index is the scale used to measure geomagnetic storms and it ranges from 0 (very little activity) to 9 (lots of activity) and the larger the number, the further south the lights can be seen.

"This means that the Northern Lights may be visible from northern Scotland but as we always say, it’s more likely that they will be seen within the Aurora Zone itself."

Jonny Cooper, founder of Off the Map Travel and Northern Lights travel expert, told The Sun: “You just never know what can happen with the Northern Lights and with news like this, I would recommend anyone in Scotland and Northern England to keep an eye on the sky.”

The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, is notoriously hard to predict but those who miss out tonight could also be in with a chance tomorrow.

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