Can I see the Northern Lights tonight?

If you’re lucky enough, you might still be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights.

The amazing nighttime display of light patterns can be seen from several locations in the UK from September to early March, so you can always try your luck.


The Northern Lights can be seen over the UK on October 11 and 12Credit: Getty

What time can I see the Northern Lights?

Some lucky Brits were able to spot the Northern Lights on March 14 and that was probably the last time the Northern Lights would appear from the UK for now.

The sighting of the Northern Lights in the UK can be quite rare.

It has not yet been confirmed when they will reappear.

If you’re in the mood for stargazing tonight, you might get lucky between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

This three-hour period is the most popular time for the appearance of the Northern Lights.

In the UK they normally last until early March, but people might see them again on March 14.

Thus, you may still be able to see beautiful phenomena.

What are the best places in the UK to see the Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights are visible over parts of northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland during this geomagnetic storm, the Met Office said.

You may not be able to see the lights during this opportunity, but here are the best places in the UK to prepare for next time:

  • scottish highlands
  • Scottish islands
  • North of Northern Ireland, towards the Malin Sea
  • The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland
  • Cumbria in the North West of England
  • Lake District
  • The Cornish coast
  • Exmouth National Park in Devon
  • Anglesey in Wales
  • Pembrokshire in Wales
  • The Carneddau Mountains in Snowdonia, Wales
  • Brecon Beacons mountains in Wales
A few lucky Brits from the north and Scotland attended the astonishing spectacle


A few lucky Brits from the north and Scotland attended the astonishing spectacleCredit: Getty

What is a solar flare?

This is a flash of increased brightness from the sun which is often joined by a coronal mass ejection – which is a huge expulsion of plasma from the outer layer of the sun, called the corona.

It happens when a massive explosion of matter from the sun causes a geomagnetic storm, which interferes with the Earth’s magnetic field.

A solar flare has the ability to disrupt the Earth’s atmosphere, disrupting radio signals, power grids and causing the aurora to shift.

As it heads towards Earth, bringing the aurora to lower latitudes, it allows the Northern Lights to become visible from the UK.

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