Northern Lights to be visible from UK tonight - will you be able to see the Aurora Borealis?

4 December 2023, 15:57 | Updated: 4 December 2023, 16:03

The Aurora Borealis is created by a 'coronal mass ejection'.
The Aurora Borealis is created by a 'coronal mass ejection'. Picture: Alamy
Jasmine Moody

By Jasmine Moody

People across the UK may be able to catch sight of the Aurora Borealis - could you catch a glimpse from your area?

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Most of the time, the Aurora Borealis is only really visible from the northern part of the country, known as Scotland.

However, those more southern may be treated to the green and pink hues.

The Aurora Borealis is created by a 'coronal mass ejection' which sees a large expulsion of the sun's plasma, leading particles to collide with Earth's atmosphere.

It is this process which creates the famous light show.

To have the best view of the Northern Lights, you may have to travel to Scandinavia but there are a few spots in the UK where you can see the lights.

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Aurora Borealis, Northern Lights, over Laukvik, Lenvik, Senja, Troms, Norway.
Aurora Borealis, Northern Lights, over Laukvik, Lenvik, Senja, Troms, Norway. Picture: Alamy

According to the Daily Mail, The Met Office says the Aurora Borealis may be visible from Newcastle.

Although to catch the best glimpse of the lights, it is best to go north.

To have an optimal view of the Aurora Borealis, there will also need to be clear skies and a lack of light pollution.

Keen viewers will not have to have any special equipment to view the lights, as the Aurora Borealis is visible from the naked eye.

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