Northern Lights will be visible in Scotland as NASA warns of ‘direct hit’ from solar storm
The Northern Lights should be visible in Scotland tomorrow, forecasters say.
Experts from the Met Office’s Space Weather team have said a coronal mass ejection – or CME – will arrive on Earth later today.
The auroral oval is expected to improve on Thursday, providing a chance for the Northern Lights to be visible in northern Scotland.
The Met Office says: “The auroral oval could be enhanced early on April 13 due to the possible arrival of a weak coronal mass ejection, although any aurora is likely to be limited to high latitudes.
“Further enhancement is possible on April 14, with a chance that a CME will arrive bringing auroras to northern Scotland and similar latitudes.”
The news of the arrival of the aurora in Scotland comes after the shimmer reported of a geomagnetic storm expected to hit Earth on Thursday.
This could lead to power, GPS and radio outages.
Space weather physicist Tamitha Skov took to Twitter with the warning.
She wrote: “Direct hit – NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration) and NASA solar storm forecast models show the storm hitting on April 14, just before a fast flow of solar wind.
“That should intensify the storm as the current will give it a push from behind.”
Dr Skov added: “The chance of reaching G2 conditions is 80% at high latitudes and 20% at mid-latitudes.
“Risk of radio outage remains low, but amateur radio operators and GPS users face disturbances on the night side of the Earth.”
On the chances of the Northern Lights, she said: “Aurora Field Reporters, be sure to recharge your camera batteries.
Northern Scots are often lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the ethereal bands of light caused by particles expelled from the sun interacting with the Earth’s magnetic shield.
When these particles encounter the shield, they are “pulled” towards the north and south poles.
As they interact, the energy is released as a beautiful crown of dancing rays of light visible from below.
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