Northern lights: Where in Scotland will you be able to see them?

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The Northern lights are such a spectacular sight, people often travel to places like Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland hoping to see them.

But tonight you won't have to go quite that far, as the phenomenon known as the aurora borealis, may be on show in Scotland.

That's according to the Met Office, who says they could be visible between 3-9pm because a solar geomagnetic storm is on its way.

The further north you are, the more likely you are to see them.

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The best views are likely to be in the Scottish Highlands, or in the east in Dundee and Aberdeen where the sky is forecast to be fairly clear.

Glasgow and Edinburgh are forecast to be cloudy this evening, but there could still be breaks long enough to give a glimpse of the lights.

Whether or not you will see the Northern Lights depends on where you are and what the weather is like. Scotland is where you're most likely to see it.

Bonnie Diamond, Meteorologist at Met Office

In the past, the lights have actually been seen throughout the UK - even as far south as Kent and Cornwall.

But Scotland remains the best place to see the northern lights in the UK, given its closer proximity to the North Pole.

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What are the Northern Lights?

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 today is caused by an ejection of plasma, known as a Coronal Mass Ejection from the Sun, which followed a solar flare on Wednesday.

Those at higher latitudes are more likely to catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis said the Met Office, particularly those in Scotland.

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by Hope

    23 Mar 2019 18:01
    They look SOOOOOOO cool! I wish I could be in Scotland Today :(
  • Comment number 6. Posted by PurpleShimmeringCherry

    23 Mar 2019 17:47
    Cool, they look epic!

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by cupcakerainbowcat

    23 Mar 2019 16:12
    wish i could see them
  • Comment number 4. Posted by natecool

    23 Mar 2019 15:49
    wow... I went to Lapland and I didn't see them!
  • Comment number 3. Posted by Supergirl Makayla123

    23 Mar 2019 11:55
    Wow wish I lived in scotland.
  • Comment number 2. Posted by Izzy

    23 Mar 2019 10:18
    I'm defo not going to see them cos I'm in Liverpool
  • Comment number 1. Posted by Majestic7

    23 Mar 2019 9:47
    Wow! I will definitely be looking out for them tonight!