Best times to see Northern Lights in the UK this week

The Northern Lights are expected to put on a show for Brits this weekend as a solar flare towards the equator appears deeper than usual – here’s what you need to know

Stargazers in parts of Northern Ireland can also see the Northern Lights
Stargazers in parts of Northern Ireland can also see the Northern Lights

The British have a chance to see that northern lights this week, with two opportunities on the way.

The people of the UK have hopes of catching the Aurora Borealis wherein a solar storm caused by will take place a solar flare and mass ejection from the sun Disturbance of the Earth’s magnetic fields.

The Northern Lights are usually something reserved for glorious voyages to Scandinavia and Iceland, but occasionally that too Britain throws its hat in the ring as a legitimate place to discover her beauty.

As always, for the best chance of seeing the lights you should travel as far north as possible, with parts of Scotland like Caithness, Lewis and Harris, Isle of Skye and Aberdeenshire all being tried and true spots.

But how far south can you see the show, and beyond the usual hangouts, what locations do you have a chance of seeing it?

Where can you see the Northern Lights in the UK?

The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis shine over Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall in March 2016



Experts have said the Northern Lights should be visible as far south as Scotland.

The mass ejection and solar storm are driving the Northern Lights toward the equator, meaning it will be easier for people farther south to catch a glimpse.

The British Geological Survey has issued a ‘Geomagnetic Disturbance Alert’ and there is definitely a possibility of seeing it – but the biggest problem may be our own planet weather.

the met office has said conditions are likely to be “choppy,” although your best bet is still in the countryside and away from human pollution and city lights.

Tonight – Thursday 31st March – is the best time to see the lights for those in Dumfries and Galloway as the clouds are set to clear.

This is also true for people in Northern Ireland, with overcast light expected in Belfast between 9pm and 10pm tonight.

However, conditions are looking less favorable in the north east of England as clouds are expected to prevent most people from catching a glimpse there. Better chances are expected in the northwest as less cloud is expected.

What days will the Northern Lights be visible in the UK?

Parts of Scotland may be lucky enough to see the light show


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Brits are believed to have two chances to see the stunning natural phenomenon – the first of which is on March 31st.

People have their second chance the following day, Friday April 1st.

The British Geological Survey made it clear that Thursday and Friday were the best times to see it, tweeting: “Assuming clear dark skies there is an increased chance of seeing the aurora on March 31st and April 1st . In the UK those in Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland might have the best chances.”

What are the Northern Lights?

The Sun fires energized particles from its surface in the form of solar flares that smash into Earth’s atmosphere.

We are protected by the Earth’s magnetic field, which redirects particles to their poles.

When the particles and magnetic field combine in the upper atmosphere, they create beautiful colors. The bigger the solar storm, the stronger the colors you can see.

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