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Chance of northern lights in Staffordshire

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

*** EXCLUSIVE *** MARQUETTE, MI - AUGUST 03: A view displaying the Northern Lights affected by the solar tsunami over Lake Superior on August 04, 2010 in Marquette, Michigan. More spectacular images of last week's 'solar tsunami' have appeared in which

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UNIVERSITY space physicists who monitor northern lights activity have said there is a chance of seeing them in the Midlands tonight.

The natural spectacle is most often visible in countries like Norway, but could there be a chance of seeing the infamous northern lights in the Staffordshire countryside?

Astro-physicists at AuroraWatch UK, a research programme at Lancaster University tweeted: “Tonight is the best chance so far this year.”

The research team said the solar storm is expected to have arrived by the evening, but warned people not to get their hopes up too much as ‘predicting aurora is like predicting the weather but more difficult’.

The aurora are most often seen in northern parts of the UK, but experts have said it is possible to see them in central England.

Those who wish to have a chance of seeing the phenomenon should head out into the countryside.

Nigel Powlson said: “I went all the way to Finland to see them and missed out so if there’s any chance to see them in Draycott it’s worth an effort.”

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