Northern Lights: How to Spot Aurora Borealis Near You This Weekend

The Met Office has forecast

The Met Office has forecast “significant space weather activity” (Image: Getty Images/Twitter)

Look up at the sky tonight and you might just see him dancing.

The Met Office has predicted a wave of “significant space weather activity”.

It could result in sightings of the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, for people across the UK.

Those in Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland are most likely to see the spectacle in action, according to the Met Office.

The phenomenon is caused when a rapid stream of solar wind flashes through the sky to create a “dance” effect.

Ribbons of colored light are formed as the winds act on the planet’s magnetic field.

The Met Office says this “increased aurora activity” is expected over the next two nights.

An online statement said: “Significant space weather activity is expected over the coming night, with aurora sightings likely over Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland where skies will be clear.

Bands of light form when solar wind flashes through the night sky (Image: Getty Images)

Bands of light form when solar wind flashes through the night sky (Image: Getty Images)

“Geomagnetic storms over the next two nights could have the potential to bring visible auroras to the far north of England and similar latitudes where skies are clear.”

Autumn in general is the best time to see the Northern Lights at their best due to clearer skies.

Those in Scotland might also see the aurora as we approach early winter due to the country’s high latitude.

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https://metro.co.uk/2022/10/01/northern-lights-how-to-spot-aurora-borealis-near-you-this-weekend-17486466/ Northern Lights: How to Spot Aurora Borealis Near You This Weekend

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