Amber Alert Issued For Possible Aurora Over Northern England

Aurora Alert Issued

An Amber Alert has been issued with regards to the Northern Lights.

The Aurora is likely to be visible by eye from Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland; possibly visible from elsewhere in the UK.

Viewing the Aurora requires clear, dark skies away from light pollution.

An Aurora, sometimes referred to as polar lights, northern lights (aurora borealis) or southern lights (aurora australis), is a natural light display in the Earth’s sky, predominantly seen in the high latitude regions (around the Arctic and Antarctic).

Auroras are produced when the magnetosphere is sufficiently disturbed by the solar wind that the trajectories of charged particles in both solar wind and magnetospheric plasma, mainly in the form of electrons and protons, precipitate them into the upper atmosphere (thermosphere/exosphere) due to Earth’s magnetic field, where their energy is lost.