Northern Lights: did you see the phenomenon last night?

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, shine over Derwentwater, near Keswick in the Lake District.  Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, shine over Derwentwater, near Keswick in the Lake District. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Look to the skies, because there’s a chance of seeing the Northern Lights over the next few weeks.

Forecasters have warned there’s an increased chance of seeing the Northern Lights in our region due to coinciding space weather patterns.

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, shine over Derwentwater, near Keswick in the Lake District.  Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, shine over Derwentwater, near Keswick in the Lake District. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The Met Office has said that a burst of solar wind has given sky gazers a heightened chance at seeing the natural wonder – if there are clear skies.

Along with those in north England, people living in north Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland also have a chance of seeing the beautiful colours spread across the sky.

A “coronal hole” near the Sun’s equator, which had aligned with Earth and was sending high-speed solar winds to buffet the planet, combined with the time of year makes a sighting more likely.

A Met Office spokesman said: “We are now in a period, lasting a few weeks, where these two factors are working together to increase the chances of geomagnetic disturbances, which in turn bring with them the aurora.

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, shine over Derwentwater, near Keswick in the Lake District.  Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, shine over Derwentwater, near Keswick in the Lake District. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

“The strength of the disturbance directly relates to how far south the aurora is visible, or how far north if you are in the southern hemisphere, and of course you need clear skies to see it.

“The season of the year has an influence. The science behind this is not fully understood, but the two equinoctial periods in spring and autumn tend to produce an increase in aurora compared with winter and summer.”

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, shine over Derwentwater, near Keswick in the Lake District.  Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, shine over Derwentwater, near Keswick in the Lake District. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, shine over Derwentwater, near Keswick in the Lake District.  Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, shine over Derwentwater, near Keswick in the Lake District. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire