Northern Lights set to be visible over Ireland this weekend

Cristina Cross
March 25, 2019

Clear, dark skies are most favourable, with little or no light pollution, so getting out of the towns and into the countryside is best for viewing - weather permitting, of course. That event sent a burst of charged particles in Earth's direction.

The aurora borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights, will be visible from parts of the United Kingdom this weekend, according to meteorologists.

The solar flare that was released this week was reportedly powerful enough to cause disturbances for radio operators in Europe and Africa.

Remember a few years ago when the northern lights could be seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway? Even the most generous forecast suggests that Maryland might just see a glow on the horizon, and that is probably only possible in rural areas with pitch-black skies.

He said a chunk of the sun's atmosphere began hurtling towards Earth this week, which is expected to collide with our planet's magnetic field on Saturday.

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The southward shift of the lights taking place today is caused by an ejection of plasma, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the Sun, which followed a solar flare on Wednesday.

The Aurora borealis may appear Saturday night over states in the northern part of the U.S., including New York, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Washington.

The Northern Lights may be visible over Ireland this weekend in a rare treat for Irish stargazers.

It is thought the display may be most visible between 3pm on Saturday afternoon and 9pm on Saturday night.

Met Office Space tweeted that the Auroras could be visible anywhere above Cumbria if weather conditions are favourable. This is thanks to what's called a geomagnetic storm. Cloud cover obscures the aurora. However, the following CME seems Earth-directed and ready to impact us sometimes on March 23.

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