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Northern Lights to be visible in the UK thanks to a magnetic storm

All of Britain will be treated to a spectacular glimpse of the Northern Lights tonight, thanks to a massive solar storm!

Scientsists have raised doubts over the 'severe' geomagnetic storm which will be the first to strike Earth in almost 20 years, due to it having the power to disrupt power grids and mobile networks.

On Thursday 9th May, NOAA issued a Severe (G4) Geomagnetic Storm Watch for the first time since January 2005.

Northern Lights in the UK

Due to this, this unusual event will also cover a huge portion of the country in a spectacular light display (so totally worth it, right?!).

These aurora colours are caused by electrically charged particles from the sun which collides with the Earth's magnetic field.

The sun usually only ejects enough plasma to trigger the lights around the poles in which the magnetic fields are at their strongest!

Northern Lights in the UK

The Met Office have said "Where skies are clear and provided dark enough skies, sightings are expected to develop following the CME arrival across the northern half of the UK."

The Met Office have added that there is "a chance that aurora may become visible to all parts of the UK and similar geomagnetic latitudes".

So, will you be looking out for the Northern Lights tonight?

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