Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

People in some parts of the UK could get a glimpse of the Northern Lights tonight.

It comes as a solar flare, also known as a coronal mass ejection, heading toward Earth and bringing the aurora to lower latitudes.

The period of high solar activity means that the Northern Lights can be visible in the UK – but cloudy skies can make it difficult to spot.

People living in the north of Scotland have the best chance of capturing the colorful light show, but it can also be visible from parts of the north of England.

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Unfortunately, low visibility will make it difficult for most people to get a glimpse of the aurora borealis, the Met Office said.

A spokesman told MENNE: “Aurora is likely to occur overnight over large parts of Scotland. However, the cloudy nature of the weather is expected to prevent many from being able to see it.

“Cloudbursts are expected over the northern islands and this is where the best of visibility is likely to be.

“There is a small chance that the aurora will extend south to reach Northern Ireland and far north in England, but again the largely unclear conditions will prevent good visibility.

“Some cloudbursts are expected in Northern Ireland overnight, which means there is little chance of sightings in this area.”

ITV weatherman Alex Beresford told his followers on Twitter that there would be a chance to see the aurora tonight in the north.

Explaining the phenomenon, he said: “Lots of solar activity and the release of plasma from the sun are set to collide with the Earth’s atmosphere in this beautiful light display.”

But he added: “Spoiler – may be fuzzy but crosses fingers.”

People living in remote areas away from light pollution are likely to be able to see the lights appearing as large color areas, including light green, pink, shades of red, yellow, blue, and violet.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the sunburn on its way to Earth could cause geomagnetic storm conditions tonight and tomorrow.

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Solar flares emit radio waves, which can cause problems as they travel toward our planet.

NOAA warns that there may be fluctuations in the power grid with voltage alarms at higher latitudes due to solar activity.

The geomagnetic storm is predicted to be in the G2 category, meaning it will be moderate, according to the agency, but it is unlikely to cause widespread disruption.

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