Northumberland aurora-chasers on alert tonight

The aurora borealis captured on Holy Island on February 23 this year by Gazette photographer Jane Coltman.
The aurora borealis captured on Holy Island on February 23 this year by Gazette photographer Jane Coltman.

Northern Lights fans have been warned that clear skies tonight (Wednesday/Thursday) might give them a chance to see a spectacular display.

Activity is forecast to be high enough to see the aurora borealis in northern Britain from midnight to 3am.

The Northern Lights are caused by charged particles colliding in the Earth’s atmosphere and are seen above the northern and southern magnetic poles. A geomagnetic storm causes the aurora to expand to lower latitudes, allowing us in Northumberland to catch a glimpse of the shimmering lights.

If you manage to catch the light display, send us your pictures to northumberland.gazette@jpress.co.uk or upload them directly via our website.