Northern Lights could be visible in NI

Northern Lights could be visible in NI

Northern Lights could be visible in NI

Think Northern Lights and a journey to the far north of the Arctic Circle might spring to mind.

Your best chance to catch the ethereal lights will be Saturday.

The Met Office said a solar storm is on its way to Earth, and the incredible, natural light display could be seen in Scotland.

Mother Nature's putting on a light show Friday night and early Saturday.

Our magnetic field protects us from these charged particles, but every so often a powerful, fast-moving CME will snap back the magnetic field lines, allowing the particles to funnel down into the poles where they interact with various molecules.

The southward shift of the lights today is caused by an ejection of plasma, known as a Coronal Mass Ejection from the Sun, which followed a solar flare on Wednesday.

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Iceland, Norway, and Alaska receive thousands of tourists who arrive to see the Northern Lights.

They are known as "Aurora borealis" in the north and "Aurora Australis" in the south.

In Northern Ireland, there needs to be a KP minimum of 5 or 6 to see the Aurora.

This is what the Northern Lights can look like if viewing conditions are ideal and the colors are vivid. Scotland is where you're most likely to see it. Because the northern lights occur above the clouds, check the weather forecast in your area before going out. There are 20% to 30% chances of spotting the Aurora Borealis coming from the south on March 23 due to a space storm caused on the surface of the sun.

In addition to finding dark skies away from the glare of city lights, observers will also need a little luck from Mother Nature, with clear skies needed.

"As a result, aurora may be visible in Scotland where cloud breaks".

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