Northern Lights to sparkle over UK this November - where to see them

THE NORTHERN Lights are at their best in the autumn and winter months. As the dark nights set in, where can Britons spot them from in the UK this November?

PUBLISHED: 04:01, Sun, Nov 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:50, Sun, Nov 1, 2020

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Though this November there sadly won’t be any major firework displays like there usually are, the skies may still host a magic display for lucky Britons. The Northern Lights tend to make their first appearances in the autumn and winter months, making November a prime time to spot them.

Northern Lights: Spot aurora borealis from UK in October

Though aurora borealis, as the lights are also known, are best spotted from countries including Iceland, Canada and Russia, they have been known to glisten across certain parts of the UK.

In fact, while they are most prominent in the North, some eagle-eyed Britons have even managed to spot them as far south as Cornwall and Kent.

The stunning array of greens and blues are best viewed when it is particularly dark, which makes the long nights of winter an ideal backdrop.

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Northern Lights novemberNorthern Lights: Where to see aurora borealis in the UK this month (Image: Getty Images)

Northern LightsNorthern Lights: Map of UK hotspots (Image: Getty Images / DX)

What are the Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights are a beautiful array of hues which span across the sky.

They are most commonly in shades of pink and green but have also been known to produce vibrant blue, violet, yellow and sometimes even red.

The impressive display is caused by charged solar particles which are interacting with the Earth’s magnetic fields.

At the magnetic North and South Pole, the particles collide with gas to produce the colours.

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Where in the UK can Britons spot the Northern Lights?

Due to their polar locations, the best spots to see aurora borealis is in the Northern parts of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


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