The UK is on’red alert’ as a’strong substorm’ ignites the Northern Lights over the country.
The Northern Lights were seen across the UK when a solar storm hit Earth in the early hours of the morning, awestruck Britons.
At 7:23 a.m., Aurora Alerts UK issued a “red alert,” suggesting that the Northern Lights may be seen in northern regions of the United Kingdom and could last throughout the night. It happened approximately 3.30 a.m. this morning, after a solar flare impacted Earth’s magnetic field. It triggered a G2-class geomagnetic storm, which is now active and predicted to remain until 4 p.m.
The sky has changed a gorgeous color due to a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the Sun.
The brilliant skies above sections of England’s north, Scotland, and Northern Ireland were the focus of attention.
Kirkwall Twitter user @hazelmpinner said: “Not the nicest photo, but it was taken with my phone and my not-so-steady hands due to the cold.
“However, there was a distinct aurora glow, which was not terrible for a ten-minute stroll from the house.”
Julie, from Orkney, continued, “We’ve been watching the aurora for a few hours and all we can see is a green flow on the opposite side of the clouds.””
Others, though, were not so fortunate.
“Stayed up most of the night awaiting the Aurora Borealis, but the clouds are so thick in the north of the UK & all seems very doubtful,” Twitter user @Just a coolbean said.
Unfortunately, this is due to the weather.
The Aurora was, according to the Met Office, “abnormally bright.” “Tonight, thunderstorms are expected to affect much of Scotland, as well as northern England and Northern Ireland.
We’ve been watching the Aurora for a few hours and can only see a green glow on the opposite side of the clouds. Our watch is still on! #orkney #northernlights #auroraborealis pic.twitter.com/fvOv4lXSJBA #orkney #northernlights #auroraborealis “For many in these places, it will be too gloomy,” a spokeswoman said, “but there are some spots in with a possibility.” “Aurora is probable across much of Scotland through the 11th and 12th,” the agency noted, “but cloud concentrations are increasing, making observations unlikely for most.” “Unfortunately, I think cloud cover will be a bit of an impediment for Scotland,” said astronomer Tom Kerss, “but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try if you have any clear patches at all.” However, the rest of the globe has not been deterred.
Dr. Tamitha Skov, a space weather physicist, tweeted around 5 a.m.: “At long last! “Brinkwire Summary News”. “Storm time has here!”