On Experiencing the Northern Lights in the UK

Posted by on April 22, 2016

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Recently, Britons living as far south as Oxfordshire experienced the dazzling lights of the Aurora Borealis or what is commonly referred to as the Northern Lights. This was a result of a mixture of weather conditions where there was an overnight display of these awesome lights in the UK.

The Northern Lights have been a natural wonder that have interested mankind for years but not all have are fortunate enough to travel thousands of miles for it even if it can be seen in several places on Earth at certain times of the year. But did you know that what transpired recently was not an extraordinary thing?


You have the chance to see these dancing lights if you are in northern Scotland at the right time. This is because its latitude is the same as that of Nunivak Island in Alaska and Norway, two of the places on this planet where the Northern Lights can be seen.


When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?

Britons who will travel to Scotland can opt to go there at a time where there are long periods of clear skies and darkness. This is during the Autumn and Winter Seasons where the chances of seeing the dancing lights are higher. it is also important to note that it is best to wait for it between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. If the weather conditions are right, the Aurora can be seen anywhere in Scotland.


Some of these locations are in Shetland, Orkney, Calton Hill, Galloway Forest Park, Angus, The Cairngorms, Lewis, Harris, Rannoch Moor and the coast of Fife, among others. It can also be seen from Northern Ireland.


The UK has several areas where there are dark sky reserves and being in these places when the conditions for seeing the Northern Lights are favorable will prove to be rewarding. These are in Scotland, Northumberland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

All photos belong to: john.purvis

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