Stargazers could catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights in England tonight, according to the Met Office.
Two coronal mass ejections, which are massive bursts of material from the sun, are heading towards the Earth.
The solar activity will bring the aurora borealis to a lower altitude than usual, making it much easier to catch.
According to the Met Office space weather forecast, the northern light could be visible in northern England today and tomorrow.
The space weather forecast reads: “There is a chance of enhancements to the auroral oval at times during 13th and 14th March as a result of two Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and a coronal hole high-speed stream arriving at Earth.
“Aurora sightings are likely at high latitudes under clear skies and may be possible as far south as northern England and Northern Ireland.”
Space weather physicist Dr Tamitha Skov has said the aurora will likely be visible tonight as a solar storm heads towards Earth.
She said prediction models suggest the solar storm will hit Earth between 12pm and 9pm UTC on March 13, with a “strong” impact, possibly affecting radio and GPS signals.
“Expect aurora deep into mid-latitudes, amateur radio and GPS reception issues, especially near dawn/dusk, and on Earth’s nightside,” she tweeted.
Thankfully, forecasters in the UK are predicting a clear night’s sky in most places tonight – so the chances of catching the lights are better than usual.
When and where to see the Northern Lights
The best place to catch the lights is from somewhere high up and as dark as possible. Remote areas away from any light pollution are your best bet.
The lights can be seen any time after it gets dark – but, statistically, the most likely time to see them is between 10pm and midnight. According to AuroraWatch UK, this is when aurora substorms generally tend to peak.
However, trying to work out exactly when the lights will be visible is very tricky.
Many people prefer to keep track of alerts, which can you tell you when activity is at its highest, rather than stay out all night waiting. AuroraWatch UK sends out real-time alerts on Twitter.
What causes the Northern Lights and the different colours to appear?
According to the Met Office, the northern lights appear due to “collisions of charged particles in the solar wind colliding with molecules in the Earth’s upper atmosphere”.
“Solar winds are charged particles that stream away from the Sun at speeds of around 1 million miles per hour,” the Met Office website says.
“When the magnetic polarity of the solar wind is opposite to the Earth’s magnetic field, the two magnetic fields combine allowing these energetic particles to flow into the Earth’s magnetic north and south poles.
“Auroras usually occur in a band called the annulus (a ring about 1,865 miles across) centred on the magnetic pole.
“The arrival of a Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) from the Sun can cause the annulus to expand, bringing the aurora to lower latitudes. It is under these circumstances that the lights can be seen in the UK.”
The different colours that can be seen are due to the different gas molecules, and where they are in the atmosphere, the Met Office says.
Oxygen gives off green light when it is hit 60 miles above the Earth, while all-red auroras are produced at 100 to 200 miles rare.
Nitrogen causes the sky to glow blue yet when higher in the atmosphere the glow has a purple hue.
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