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Northern Lights stun UK in spectacular display 

Update : 11 May 2024, 17:46

The Northern Lights have made a rare appearance across the UK, delighting sky watchers up and down the country.

Excited onlookers shared pictures of the lights, also known as aurora borealis, visible right across the country, including the south coast of England - and if you missed it you are likely to have a chance to see it again on Saturday night.

They could be seen after one of the strongest geomagnetic storms for years hit Earth, with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issuing a rare solar storm warning.

Such storms increase people's chances of seeing the lights. 

The extreme geomagnetic storm that happened on Friday was classed as the highest G5.

Storms of this scale could potentially impact infrastructure, including satellites and the power grid, the NOAA warned. There have been no reports of disruption so far.

"The energy industry plans for a range of events far and wide - including into space,” Ross Easton, a spokesperson for Energy Networks Association said, adding that space forecasts were being monitored carefully over the weekend.  BBC

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