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Northern Lights appear over Edinburgh

The Northern Lights were spotted over Edinburgh earlier on this evening.

The Aurora Borealis have been spotted as far south as Essex but have also appeared over Norfolk, the Highlands, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Skye.


Northern Lights images from across the UK

The Northern Lights, aka Aurora borealis, have been spotted throughout the UK this evening, lighting up the sky as far south as Norfolk.

In Whitley Bay:

In Thurso, Scotland:

In the Isle of Sky:

Northern lights spotted as far south as Norfolk

The Northern Lights have been seen across the UK tonight, with reported sightings as far south as Essex.

Weather watcher Chris Bell tweeted this image from his home in Norfolk:

Where to watch the Northern Lights

Where will you be able to see the Northern Lights? Credit: Met Office

In the UK, the best chance of seeing the aurora will be in Scotland, the far north of England and Northern Ireland.

Although there will be widespread cloud overnight there will be clear patches when you might be able to see the Northern Lights.


Six tips for spotting the Northern Lights

  • Find somewhere dark, away from street lights and houses.
  • Try and get somewhere high if possible to eliminate light pollution and give yourself the best possible view of the sky.
  • While you should generally face north, when the geomagnetic activity is high be aware that the aurora may be south of you, so it is worth checking all directions.
  • Check the local weather forecast for clear skies.
  • You have the best chance of spotting the Northern Lights from 10pm to 2am, but you might catch a glimpse if it is still dark when you get up in the morning.
  • Remember to wrap up warm if you are going out to watch the Northern Lights.
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