Northern Lights can be seen as far as southern Britain tonight says Met Office

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The Met Office confirmed late on Sunday evening that the Aurora Borealis can be seen across the UK tonight (February 27) due to “A coronal hole high-speed stream” combined with a “fast coronal mass ejection.”

They can be seen as far south as southern Britain if you have clear skies.

What are the Northern Lights?

Solar storms on the Sun’s surface give out huge clouds of electrically charged particles. These particles travel millions of miles and eventually collide with the Earth.

Becoming captured in the Earth’s magnetic field and accelerating down towards the north and south poles into the atmosphere.

Scotland is usually the best place to see the Northern Lights in the UK, but they could potentially be seen as far south as Cornwall tonight.

For the best chance of seeing the Aurora, clear skies are essential, and dark spots with little to no light pollution is advantageous.