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16 November 2019 05:35

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Northern Lights could be visible from the UK this weekend

Meterologists say the Northern Lights could be visible over Scotland this weekend. The Northern Lights could be visible from the UK on Saturday night, forecasters have said, thanks to a solar storm on its way to Earth. The Met Office said the phenomenon, known as the aurora borealis, may be visible in Scotland. Skies in Glasgow and Edinburgh are forecast to be cloudy on Saturday night, but there could be breaks long enough to reveal the lights. The Northern Lights over St Mary's Lighthouse and Visitor Centre in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, in February 2014 Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA The Northern Lights are created by disturbances in Earth's magnetosphere caused by a flow of particles from the Sun, and are usually concentrated around the Earth's magnetic poles.

The southward shift of the lights on Saturday is caused by an ejection of plasma, known as a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from the Sun, which followed a solar flare on Wednesday. "This type of active geomagnetic storm means that there is the possibility of the aurora borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights. "Whether or not you will see the Northern Lights depends on where you are and what the weather is like. The Northern Lights over Derwent Water, near Keswick, in the Lake District, in March 2015 Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA The powerful solar flare was released from the sun, and Earth is caught in its crosshairs. However, as it is so powerful, parts of the UK could be treated to northern lights, otherwise known as aurora borealis.

The Met Office told Express.co.uk: "We expect a G2 level of activity to mean aurora might be visible in Scotland under clear skies." Auroras, which include northern lights – aurora borealis – and southern lights – aurora australis, are caused when solar particles hit the atmosphere. Image copyright Kimspics Image caption BBC Weather Watcher Kimspics captured the rare coloured moonbow in Alston, Cumbria A moonbow - a rare lunar rainbow - has been photographed over Cumbria during the super worm moon. It was captured late on Wednesday above Alston by BBC Weather Watcher Andrew Hewison, who posts as Kimspics. BBC weather presenter Simon King described it as a "rare and amazing colourful moonbow". He said normally moonbows are much fainter and seen as white but the extra brightness of Wednesday's moon meant colours could be seen.

During a full moon, Mr King said, there can be enough light to produce a moonbow. "This extra brightness generated enough light shining into the water droplets that the colours of the rainbow were reflected right back to the weather watcher." Mr Hewison said he had always wanted to take a photo of the Northern Lights but was pleased he had seen something so rare. STARGAZERS were treated to the spectacular sight of a giant green dragon in the sky over Iceland earlier this month. Photographers captured the incredible formation in the northern lights – which Nasa explained was caused by a hole in the Sun. Jingyi Zhang and Wang Zheng / NASA 3 The stunning photograph reveals a huge dragon rearing its head in the sky over Iceland earlier this month The snap was so impressive that Nasa released it as its 'Astronomy Picture of the Day' for February 18, 2019. The image – captured by photographers Jingyi Zhang and Wang Zheng – clearly shows an enormous dragon-like creature in the sky.

SWNS:South West News Service 3 A similarly impressive snap was captured over Reykjavik, Iceland back in 2017 In a post on the official Nasa website, astronomers explained that the dragon had come from a hole in the Sun – which isn't an uncommon occurrence. "The aurora was caused by a hole in the Sun's corona that expelled charged particles into a solar wind that followed a changing interplanetary magnetic field to Earth's magnetosphere," Nasa explained. The dancing lights of the auroras provide spectacular views on the ground, but also capture the imagination of scientists who study incoming energy and particles from the sun Auroras are one effect of such energetic particles, which can speed out from the sun both in a steady stream called the solar wind and due to giant eruptions known as coronal mass ejections or CMEs After a trip toward Earth that can last two to three days, the solar particles and magnetic fields cause the release of particles already trapped near Earth, which in turn trigger reactions in the upper atmosphere in which oxygen and nitrogen molecules release photons of light The result: the Northern and Southern lights. Spy plane captures incredible photos while flying THROUGH the Northern Lights "No sunspots have appeared on the Sun so far in February, making the multiple days of picturesque auroral activity this month somewhat surprising," a Nasa expert wrote. In fact, the photograph taken by Zhang and Zheng actually captures the excitement of seeing a dragon in the sky perfectly.

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"This iconic display was so enthralling that the photographer's mother ran out to see it and was captured in the foreground," Nasa revealed. Ross Parry - SWNS 3 One image taken by Scottish snapper Graeme Whipps in Iceland was described as looking like the Grinch Have you ever spotted any shapes in the clouds – or better yet, the northern lights? Perth-based amateur photographer snaps 'dragon head' in aurora borealis over Iceland Curtin University student Jingyi Zhang knew she had captured something special when she photographed the Northern Lights over Iceland, but it wasn't until she returned home that she realised how remarkable her picture was. Key points: Zhang took the photograph while holidaying in Gullfoss, in the south-west of Iceland The image was featured on its NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day blog NASA says February saw multiple days of "picturesque auroral activity" The aurora borealis shifts in the sky, with Ms Zhang capturing the spectacle at the exact moment it took a mythical form. "I noticed the dragon on the photo when I got home," the amateur photographer told the ABC. Ms Zhang was on holiday near Gullfoss, in the south-west of Iceland, with her mother and a friend. The stunning photo became more than a simple holiday snap when it was featured on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day blog earlier this month. "The aurora was caused by a hole in the Sun's corona that expelled charged particles into a solar wind that followed a changing interplanetary magnetic field to Earth's magnetosphere," the post said. "As some of those particles then struck Earth's atmosphere, they excited atoms which subsequently emitted light: aurora. "No sunspots have appeared on the Sun so far in February, making the multiple days of picturesque auroral activity this month somewhat surprising." Since it was featured by the space agency, Ms Zhang's photo has been shared around the world. Ms Zhang is not a professional photographer, but has turned her passion into more than just a weekend hobby. When she can, she heads out of the city to capture the open WA plains under the night sky.