UK put on Northern Lights alert again with it set to return within days

The UK has been placed on Northern Lights alert - AGAIN - after the extravaganza in the skies earlier this month, with the dazzling spectacle available to see for Brit homeowners and residents. According to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, the aurora will be visible in some areas of the US, Europe, and Canada this June.

The sun rotates on its axis every 27 days so there is a chance the event will repeat itself. A major solar flare was recorded by the European Space Agency's Solar Orbiter spacecraft on May 20, according to Ryan French, a solar physicist at the National Solar Observatory in Boulder, Colorado.

Mr French announced the major flare on X, formerly Twitter, and said: “Although not visible to Earth, old AR 13664 (responsible for recent solar storms) just popped off its biggest flare yet! Measured by the Solar Orbiter spacecraft behind the Sun, the flare is estimated as an X12-class, this flare also caused a huge CME behind the Sun.”

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Speaking to Live Science French said: "As soon as the sunspot starts to appear, we will enter the window of opportunity [for viewing auroras]." He went on: “Earth is most affected by solar storms when the sunspot reaches the middle of the sun as seen from our planet. That's exactly where it produced all of those large flares.”

“However, we could still be affected if another solar flare is as intense as they have been. But in theory, if you had a large enough eruption, even if it's to the left of the sun's center, we could still get the edge of that impact." The aurora from the Northern Lights makes the sky take on a green and pinkish hue.

It could return between June 6 and June 6, according to early projections and predictions from experts.