Be sure to look up tonight!
The Northern Lights is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful phenomenons to occur on Earth, commonly only spotted in the Northern hemisphere for the lucky buggers who get to visit beauty spots such as Iceland, Finland and Canada. But now, after months of staring at our plain white four walls, us Northerns may be able to catch a glimpse of the famous light show – with sightings reportedly taking place across the UK tonight.
Seen across dark skies with no local light pollution, the beautiful aurora borealis could be seen across Scotland and Northern England between the 9th and 11th December, as a result of the sun releasing its biggest solar flare in three years. For those living close by to Saddleworth, the aurora has been spotted there before, making it the perfect spot to visit if you’d like to take your chance.
As always with aurora borealis, it’s not guaranteed that the lights will appear, however, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts an appearance is likely over the next three nights.
The Space Weather Prediction Center has said: “Analysis suggests CME [coronal mass ejection] arrival possible late on 9 December, initially resulting in G1 (Minor) storm levels. As CME effects continue, activity is likely to increase, especially if the magnetic field carried with the CME connects well with Earth’s magnetosphere.
“Therefore, the potential for strong storm levels exists and a G3 (Strong) Watch is in effect for December 10th. CME-related disturbances are forecast to continue into 11 December, likely resulting in G2 (Moderate) storm levels – and another Watch has been issued accordingly. While SWPC forecasters are fairly confident in CME arrival at Earth, timing and geomagnetic storm intensity are less certain.”