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Northern Lights come to Ireland tonight

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The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights

People across Ireland will experience something rather special tonight - a rare glimpse of the Northern Lights.

A spectacular display of multi-coloured solar waves are set to light up the night sky nationwide as they stray unusually far south of the polar region.

The Aurora Borealis, as the lights are also known, is expected to be uncharacteristically clear due to two huge solar flares currently bouncing off the earth’s atmosphere.

A huge explosion on the Sun occurred at 6.45pm on Wednesday and sent a cloud of radiation hurtling directly towards Earth at an unusually high speed.

There is a chance that the aurora may be visible from Ireland both tonight and tomorrow night.

Astronomy Ireland is advising sky watchers to pay particular attention to the North horizon.

“The good ones (Northern Lights) are for the whole country. Ireland’s not that long, so if it’s a strong Northern Lights you’re going to see it in Kerry,” said Dave Moore, Chairman of Astronomy Ireland.

“If it was a weak display, we’d be advising people to try and move out to the country, but this is going to be a strong display.”

“Watch from your back yard is the message.”

"The Harvest Moon is fading away and there’ll be a short period after sunset where the sky will be in darkness. But then the moon will rise and it will brighten the sky,” Mr Moore added.

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Pictures of the Aurora Borealis over Inishowen in north Donegal last March.

Pictures of the Aurora Borealis over Inishowen in north Donegal last March.

Pictures of the Aurora Borealis over Inishowen in north Donegal last March.

Are you viewing the Northern Lights tonight? Send your photos to us on Twitter using #Indosubmit, or email them to contact@independent.ie.

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