The Aurora Borealis, also referred to as Northern Lights, is a natural light display in the Earth’s sky, visible at night in the dark. In Britain, experiencing the unbelievable colours from the Northern Lights is rare, and usually, Britons will have to travel abroad to countries such as Iceland, Norway, Canada and Russia to see the fascinating natural light.

How to see the Aurora Borealis from your home

NASA has announced the Sun had entered a new cycle marked by solar minimum in December 2019.

This solar cycle will last for 11 years and feature larger, but fewer, intense periods of activity on the Sun.

The activity is the same that causes Aurora Borealis displays.

Writing in a NASA article, Northern Lights chaser Chris Ratzlaff, said: “Mid-latitude aurora photographers are intimately familiar with the solar cycle.

“For us, the solar cycle means the difference between being able to catch the aurora once or twice a month during solar maximum, or seeing it only a few times a year during solar minimum (and knowing that we have a few years to wait until we’re regularly staying up well past our bedtimes again).”

On Wednesday night, the stunning display was seen in Abisko, Northern Sweden and were also seen in northern Scotland and northern Norway.

With nights getting longer, high-latitude places without light pollutions could be a good spot to view the dancing sky in the UK.

The best place in the UK to see the Northern Lights is in Scotland due to its northern location.

In addition, 70 percent of Scotland is reserved for remote rural land, and a lack of light pollution means it boasts the best conditions for viewing the Aurora Borealis.

According to Visit Scotland, these are the best places to visit for a glimpse of the Aurora.

Unfortunately, according to AuroraWatch UK, there is “no significant activity” in the UK tonight.

Scotland:

  • Shetland, Orkney and Caithness, such as Noss Head and Wick
  • Aberdeenshire and the Moray Coast, head for Nairn, Portknockie and Cairn o’ Mount
  • Lewis, Harris and the most northerly tip of Skye
  • The far north west of Scotland, for example, Applecross, Lochinver and north of Ullapool
  • The Cairngorms
  • Galloway Forest Park – the only dark sky park in Scotland
  • Rannoch Moor and Perthshire
  • Angus and the coast of Fife, including St Andrews and Kinghorn
  • Loch Lomond

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There is also hope for this living in England to spot the stunning Northern Lights this year.

England:

  • The Lake District, including Derwentwater near Keswick
  • Northumberland has some of the darkest skies in England so is a good place to visit for northern lights hunters
  • Exmoor National Park in Devon
  • Southernmost parts of the Cornish coastline
  • North York Moors National Park
  • Peak District, including Mam Tor

Wales:

  • Brecon Beacons
  • Anglesey
  • Snowdonia National Park
  • Stackpole, Pembrokeshire

Ireland:

  • County Donegal
  • County Kerry
  • County Sligo
  • County Mayo

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