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Northern Lights set to appear in skies above Blackburn AGAIN tonight

Northern Lights in skies above Lancaster <i>(Image: Brandon Lee Keefe)</i>
Northern Lights in skies above Lancaster (Image: Brandon Lee Keefe)

The Northern Lights, also known as the aurora borealis, were seen across Lancashire on Sunday night (February 26).

The light phenomenon was seen in Blackburn, Lancaster and other parts of the county.

If you didn't see them, they could appear again tonight (February 27), according to the Met Office.

Craig Smith, 43, who works in construction and lives in Blackburn, managed to snap the northern lights flickering in the skies above his home town.

Lancashire Telegraph: Northern lights across Blackburn
Lancashire Telegraph: Northern lights across Blackburn

Northern lights across Blackburn (Image: Craig Smith)

He said: “I’ve seen the lights on several occasions from home [and they are] always great to see.

“The [coronal mass ejection[ that hit Earth yesterday evening put on a great show.

“The lights were dancing. It is just a shame the clouds began rolling in just as it started.”

People across West Lancashire shared pictures of the light phenomenon including Brandon Lee Keefe.

Brandon took a spectacular snap of the Northern Lights from his bedroom window in Lancaster.

 

 

The Met Office tweeted: “A coronal hole high speed stream arrived this evening combined with a rather fast coronal mass ejection leading to #Aurora sightings across the UK.”

The Met Office also said there is a chance of seeing the Northern Lights again on Monday night.

Royal Museums Greenwich explains on its website that the lights are caused by solar storms on the surface of the sun giving out clouds of electrically charged particles which can travel millions of miles and collide with the Earth.

Most particles are deflected away but some are captured in the Earth’s magnetic field and accelerate down towards the north and south poles, colliding with atoms and molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere, according to the observatory.

The lights are the product of this collision between atoms and molecules from the Earth’s atmosphere and particles from the sun.

In November last year, strong light displays were witnessed across Scotland.

A Met Office spokesperson said the rare sightings of the aurora borealis further south in the UK on Sunday night were due to the “strength” of a geomagnetic storm and the “strip of cloudless skies” in southern regions.

The best place to see the aurora borealis tonight are in remote areas, away from light pollution, facing the northern horizon.

North facing coasts produce some of the best viewing locations.

The best time to see them, according to the Met Office is around midnight.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "There is another Aurora forecast for tonight however there will be much more cloud around tonight which will obviously make it harder to see.

"The best time for sightings tends to be around midnight."

Did you take any pictures of the northern lights? Send them to: sarah.mcgee@newsquest.co.uk