The Northern Lights were visible over parts of the northwest on Sunday evening.
Also known as the Northern Lights, the Northern Lights were spotted by keen stargazers in Ormskirk and Skelmersdale between 11pm and midnight yesterday. According to the Met Office, the lights appear due to “collisions of charged particles in the solar wind colliding with molecules in Earth’s upper atmosphere.”
He continues: “Depending on which gas molecules are affected and where they are in the atmosphere, different amounts of energy are released under different wavelengths of light.
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“Oxygen emits a green light when reached 60 miles above Earth, while at 100-200 miles rare red auroras are produced. Nitrogen causes the sky to glow blue, but when higher in the atmosphere, the glow has a purple tint.
ECHO reported on Sunday that people in northern England may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Aurora from 10 p.m. last night as solar activity is expected to drop to a lower altitude than usual. People who spotted the lights last night told ECHO they were initially visible through certain exposures on their cameras around 11pm, before the vibrant colors became visible to the naked eye around half an hour later.
Tony Williams saw the lights from his house in Ormskirk. He told ECHO: “It wasn’t 100 per cent clear that we would be able to see them last night. I just took a chance and around 11pm I looked out my bedroom window back and thought the sky looked different.
“So I took out my camera, tried a few exposures and sure enough, there was the Northern Lights right in front of me. Around 11:30 a.m. they cleared up considerably and were visible to the naked eye.”
It didn’t last too long, however. Tony continued: “Around 12:05 p.m. they were practically gone.”
Phil Carney traveled to Ashurst Beacon near Skelmersdale to see the lights and take pictures. Phil told ECHO: “After hearing there might be a chance of seeing the Northern Lights, we decided to take a walk to Ashurst Beacon near Skelmersdale as there is a good view to the north.
“As it was an 80% moon, we didn’t really think our chances of getting an aurora borealis were very good. When we arrived at the lighthouse, we sat down and poured a cup of tea into our flasks.
“Then around 11.05pm I opened an app on my phone called Glendale and saw that Aurora was becoming visible in Scotland and heading south towards us in the North West. So I started taking pictures. photos on my Huawei P30 pro phone, my camera was picking up light that we couldn’t see properly with the naked eye.
“As the minutes passed, we could see the Northern Lights dancing across the sky with the naked eye. “It lasted intermittently for over an hour until about 12:30 p.m. and we were rewarded with views and photos breathtaking.”
Wales Online reports that the lights could again be spotted by people in the UK this evening. There’s a 20 per cent chance the UK will be hit by a solar storm that makes lights visible, according to the Met Office.