Update: Chance to see Northern Lights tonight

The aurora borealis, or the Northern Lights as they are commonly known, over Derwent water near Keswick in the Lake District. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 18, 2015. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Aurora. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
The aurora borealis, or the Northern Lights as they are commonly known, over Derwent water near Keswick in the Lake District. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 18, 2015. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Aurora. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Sky gazers will be out in force tonight hoping for a glimpse of the Northern lights.

Met Office experts believe the spectacular Aurora Borealis – a dazzling solar storm – may be visible in northern England other parts of the UK on Wednesday evening.

The bright dancing lights of the aurora are collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun entering the earth’s atmosphere.

Auroral displays appear in many colours although pale green and pink are the most common.

The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow.

‘Aurora borealis’, the lights of the northern hemisphere, means ‘dawn of the north’.

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