It looks like the people of Yorkshire may be able to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights tonight. A massive solar flare, known as a coronal mass ejection, is due to hit the Earth, which could potentially mean the Northern Lights will be able to be seen in parts of the UK.
The news comes as an alert was published by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which warned the geomagnetic storm could cause power grid fluctuations with would mean the aurora borealis could be seen at lower latitudes.
People living in Scotland have the best chance of witnessing the Northern Lights colourful light show, but it may also be visible from parts of Northern England too.
Unfortunately, cloud and low visibility may make it tricky for most people to catch a glimpse, according to the Met Office. Sheffield, South Yorkshire has the best chance of seeing it due to clear skies.
Remote areas away from light pollution have a better chance of seeing the pale green, pink, shades of red, yellow, blue and violet of the Northern Lights.
The best time to see them according to the Aurora Watch UK, is between 9pm and 11pm and then again around 2am.
The Met Office said: “Aurora is possible through [the] 11th across much of Scotland, although cloud amounts are increasing, meaning sightings are unlikely.
“There is a slight chance of aurora reaching the far north of England and Northern Ireland tonight, but cloud breaks and therefore sightings are more likely in Northern Ireland.”
The North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales, have some of the clearest skies in the whole of the UK. And, their skies will remain that way after they’ve been designated an International Dark Sky Reserve, joining an exclusive global family of Dark Sky Places. Although, due to expected cloud in North Yorkshire it may not be possible to see the Northern Lights.
Fingers crossed we catch a glimpse.
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