Northern Lights could be seen from Liverpool and beyond this week

The aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights
The aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights -Credit:Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

People living in a number of parts of the UK could see the Northern Lights on Friday, according to BBC Weather experts.

The aurora borealis could illuminate night skies after night falls tomorrow, May 9. Also known as the Northern Lights, many people aspire to see them, but there are certain criteria that must be reached in order for this to happen.

When the incredible astronomical event does occur, your best chance of seeing it is to be somewhere with as little light pollution as possible. For Merseyside, this includes Crosby, New Brighton, and Hoylake beaches.

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We could get a "brief" glimpse here, as in a new update this evening (Thursday), BBC Weather said on X: "Next chance to see the Northern Lights will be Friday night. Sightings expected across Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland with clear skies.

"Chance of briefly becoming visible from northern England and North Wales too. #auroraborealis"

According to the Met Office, the aurora occurs "as a consequence of solar activity and result from collisions of charged particles in the solar wind colliding with molecules in the Earth's upper atmosphere." The lights often appear as large areas of colours such as green, pink and blue.

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