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Storm Could Bring Northern Lights to Britain

Posted 17 February 2011
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The sky spectacle that is 'The Northern Lights' (Aurora Borealis) could very well be coming to Britain over the next couple of nights.

The skys of Britain could experience displays of the Northern Lights from Thursday due to a large solar storm looking set to disrupt communication networks the British Geological Survey (BGS) have said.

"Since February 13th three energetic solar flares have erupted on the sun and spewed clouds of charged plasma called coronal mass ejections (CMEs) out towards the earth," one of the BGS geomagnetic storm warnings stated.

"Already one CME arrived on the 14th sparking Valentine's Day displays of the Northern Lights further south than usual."

"Two CMEs are expected to arrive in the next 24-48 hours and further displays are possible sometime over the next two nights if skies are clear."

Those who like to watch the sky at night may wish to wrap up in a warm jacket or fleece and see if they can spot light displays in their local area.