How to see the Northern Lights phenomenon in UK skies tonight after solar flare

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Parts of the UK may be able to see the Northern Lights tonight, the Met Office has reported.

According to meteorologists, increased geomagnetic activity gives counties as far south as Suffolk a chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis tonight.

In a tweet posted earlier this evening, the Met Office said: "Look north! Parts of the UK may be able to see the Aurora Borealis tonight. Increased geomagnetic activity gives places as far south as Norfolk a chance of seeing the Northern Lights."

Sightings will be most likely around midnight tonight, with residents in Scotland being the ones with the highest chance to witness the awesome phenomenon, which is seen far less frequent in the UK than in countries that are situated on a latitude closer to the north pole.

Those in the north of England along with those in the northern parts of the Midlands could possibly catch a glimpse, whilst those in the south are deemed unlikely to do so.

Luckily the Met Office has forecasted that there will be little to no cloud cover tonight, meaning the view won't be blocked.

What are the Northern Lights?

Also known at the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights is a phenomenon caused by the sun, which is constantly giving off mass ejections of plasma or gas, with not all of them hit the Earth.

Some ejections are stronger and the northern lights appear more prominently as a result.

It also depends on the sun's solar cycle, which lasts around 11 years.

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