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Northern Lights expected to be visible across the UK

The Northern Lights were streaked across Britain's skies overnight, bringing a stunning green tinge to large swathes of the country.

Experts from website AuroraWatch UK believe we could be see a similar show this evening, in the same places.

Aurora Watch UK is a service provided by Space Physicists at Lancaster University. "Fingers crossed it will be the same strength if it returns tonight".

Some residents of Merthyr Tydfil, just south of the Brecon Beacons, said they saw the lights on Tuesday evening.

There is potential for further aurora tonight (Thursday 9th November) but mainly for northern Scotland (Northern Isles, Western Isles, Caithness and Sutherland, and perhaps Moray and Aberdeenshire) due to elevated solar winds.

The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has predicted that the Northern Lights will be visible for the next three days - clear skies permitting.

To have the best chance of seeing them, head out into the countryside to avoid light pollution from towns and cities.

Locations with a good view of the northern horizon, such as beaches, headlands or the tops of hills, will also have an advantage, with the lights occurring to the north-east of the UK.

The colorful, flashing lights are caused when the sun's electrically charged particles collide with the Earth's atmosphere around the magnetic north and south poles.



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