'Good chance' Northern Lights phenomenon could be visible over Ireland this weekend

'Good chance' Northern Lights phenomenon could be visible over Ireland this weekend

"When this happens, more southerly regions of Canada see the northern lights, typically on the horizon towards the north".

Skywatchers in parts of the United States, including NY, may be able to see the northern lights this weekend.

This is what the Northern Lights can look like if viewing conditions are ideal and the colors are vivid.

They can spread further south when the concentration of particles is higher, for instance following a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) of plasma from the sun.

The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, occur when electrons that are emitted from the sun's surface collide with oxygen and nitrogen atoms in Earth's magnetic field.

Mr Moore explained that a dark sky will be needed to see the lights clearly, but advised the public to keep an eye out on Saturday night.

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However, the SWPC states that this weekend the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, may be seen "as low as NY to Wisconsin to Washington state".

The Met Office Twitter account tweeted about the likelihood of seeing the Northern Lights, saying: "CME forecast to arrive late 23rd March following C5 flare from sunspot AR2736".

According to Met Eireann, tonight will see clear skies, but Saturday is expected to be cloudy during the day. "Further north, you're pretty likely to see something".

She continued: "There's a couple of showers on the west coast of Scotland on Saturday evening, and with those showers there will be a bit of cloud".

In addition to finding dark skies away from the glare of city lights, observers will also need a little luck from Mother Nature, with clear skies needed.

Those at higher latitudes are more likely to catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis said the Met Office, particularly those in Scotland.

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