Stunning Northern Lights display could be visible in North-east TONIGHT

A spectacular Northern Lights display could be visible from parts of the North-east tonight.

A large solar storm – caused by an explosion of energy from the sun, known as a Coronal Mass Ejection, is expected to hit at some point today or tomorrow.

The massive amounts of energy interacts with the particles in Earth’s atmosphere to create stunning light displays.

Alistair McLean, managing director of The Aurora Zone, said: “This time of year does coincide with the equinox which is often associated with higher levels of solar activity, and the Space Weather Prediction Centre is suggesting that we might see KP5 on Wednesday 14th March.

“The KP index is the scale used to measure geomagnetic storms and it ranges from 0 (very little activity) to 9 (huge!) and, as a basic rule of thumb, the larger the number, the further south the lights can be seen.

“This means that the Northern Lights may be visible from northern Scotland but as we always say, it’s more likely that they will be seen within the Aurora Zone itself.”

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who spotted the solar storm using two NASA satellites, said: “A minor geomagnetic storm watch is now in effect for 14 and 15 March, 2018. Aurora may be visible at high latitudes.”

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