Beyond the Weather: Northern Lights

Katie Ramirez
March 23, 2019

If you want to make the most out of the event, it is suggested you travel as far away from the city as you can to limit light pollution's effect on your view.

This 19 August, 2004 NASA Solar and Heliospheric Administration (SOHO) image shows a solar flare (R) erupting from giant sunspot 649.

Scotland will see a southward shift of the lights which is caused by an ejection of plasma, known as a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from the Sun, which followed a solar flare on Wednesday.

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The aurora forecast from the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute says the northern lights could be visible overhead across Canada, as well as parts of Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Michigan, Maine, New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

What are the Northern Lights?

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The NOAA predicts the phenomenon, also known as the aurora borealis, could illuminate the skies above Washington state, NY and Wisconsin over the weekend.

They are normally seen around the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres but Moore believes that this weekend they will be visible here.

When charged particles enter the Earth's atmosphere, they react, chemically, with the nitrogen, oxygen and other gases that surround the Earth.

But Scotland remains the best place to see the northern lights in the United Kingdom, given its closer proximity to the North Pole. Active-minor geomagnetic storm periods possible with low risk of moderate storms.

"The clearest skies are further east in Aberdeenshire, where there are plenty of clear skies".

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