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.

Source: Aurora Watch UK, Lancaster University

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Northern Lights sightings possible over Britain tonight

People in Scotland, the far north of England and Northern Ireland are to get a great chance of seeing the Northern Lights tonight.