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The Northern Lights in Scotland are expected to be visible across large parts of the country this week

ByRandall B. Phelps

Mar 30, 2022

The Northern Lights are expected to be visible across large parts of Scotland this week – with some getting the nightly spectacle in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

British Geological Survey experts predicted the aurora would hit Earth between March 31 and April 1.

This is due to two Earth-directed coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, rising from the Sun earlier this week.

The first of the CMEs left the sun around 11:30 a.m. on March 28. A second CME was recorded eight hours later.

Auroras could be visible in the early hours of tomorrow morning – and they could descend to southern Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland.

The British Geological Survey tweeted: “Assuming clear dark skies there is an increased chance of seeing the aurora on March 31 and April 1.

“In the UK, those from Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland may have the best opportunities.

“This is due to the expected disruption of the Earth’s magnetic environment following two Earth-directed coronal mass ejections or CMEs.

“Both CMEs are associated with M-class flares, with the first sunrise at around 11:30 UTC on March 28.

“The second followed about eight hours later, at 19:20 UTC.

“These CMEs are expected to arrive on Earth early on March 31, causing significant disturbances to the geomagnetic field.”

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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