aurora

Aurora

Taking its name from the Latin for dawn, aurora is the phenomenon of visible light being emitted by the high atmosphere, caused when charged particles emitted by the sun are deflected by the Earth’s permanent magnetic field. In Britain, aurora usually appears as a grey-white glow on the northern horizon. The terms ‘aurora borealis’ (or northern lights) and ‘aurora australis’ (or southern lights) are applied to the occurrence of aurora in the northern and southern hemispheres respectively.

Chance of seeing the Northern Lights tonight and tomorrow

Chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis will increase slightly across northern areas of the UK over the next 48 hours, according to the US Space Weather Prediction Centre. 

Recent activity on the surface of the sun, which first happened on 9th October, has led scientists to extend the possibility of seeing the Aurora over parts of Europe, including the UK, Scandinavia and Russia on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th October.