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The northern lights could be visible across the UK tonight in what the British Geological Survey has described as the best chance to see the elusive natural wonder in years.
A strong geomagnetic storm is heading in the direction of the Earth and is expected to hit on Thursday, meaning that by nightfall, those able to find clear, dark skies are in with a chance of witnessing the multi-coloured light show, which occurs when charged particles collide with our atmosphere.
Finally the CME has been detected by the ACE spacecraft, which is positioned upstream in the solar wind. It will be about 30 minutes from now before it impacts Earth's magnetosphere. It is too soon to see how effective it will be in generating #aurora. We will send out alerts if geomagnetic activity becomes large enough for the aurora to be seen from the UK.