UK in anticipation of rare northern lights: Where to see them

By Tychyna TetianaNov 16, 2023 09:19 AMNews
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UK in anticipation of rare northern lights: Where to see them
Northern lights. Source: Freepic

The chance to see the Northern Lights is just around the corner. According to scientist Njål Gulbrandsenn, a space physics researcher at the Tromsø Geophysical Observatory, the next natural phenomenon will occur earlier than predicted.

It was previously assumed that the northern lights would be seen in July 2025. But experts have changed their minds, The Sun writes.

Although the sun's activity will peak next year, Gulbrandsenn said that as we approach the end of a particularly "weak" 11-year cycle, "it is possible that activity is now almost the strongest in almost 20 years."

Scientists now say the cycle will peak in mid-to-late 2024.

"Thanks to this, scientists can see the aurora every few days... Whereas five years ago, you might have had to wait a week to see something," said Darren Baskill, a lecturer in physics and astronomy at the University of Sussex, to Norwegian travel company Hurtigruten.

You will be able to get a good look at this natural phenomenon in countries such as Norway, Iceland, and the UK.

Where you can see the northern lights:

The Shetland Islands, due to their geographical location, offer a unique opportunity to see this bright and fascinating phenomenon right above you. These are ideal conditions for observing the northern lights because the absence of artificial light sources makes the night sky clearer and brighter.

Llyn Geirionydd Lake in Scotland, located in the Erie and Conwy area, is a stunning place to watch the northern lights. Due to its remoteness from populated areas, the sky here is dark and clear, which contributes to excellent conditions for observing the northern lights.

Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk, England, is favourably located for viewing the northern lights. It is best to follow the forecasts and learn about events related to solar activity to see this amazing phenomenon.

Keswick, Cumbria. The Lake District is an unassuming place for aurora borealis hunters, but Lake Derwentwater near Keswick is a great place to photograph the lights.

Salisbury, Wiltshire, is quite far from the Arctic Circle, which makes the northern lights not as common as in the northern regions. However, during periods of increased solar activity, the chances of seeing it may increase even in southern latitudes.

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