Auroras shine in northern britain

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Added On October 11, 2015

Auroras, also known as Northern Lights, have recently lit up the skies of Northern Island and Scotland. 

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The visible areas of auroras have expanded this year due to the increase in geomagnetic activity, this has provided a rare opportunity for stargazers to observe the spectacles in larger regions of Britain.
As a consequence of solar activity, auroras are astonishing natural phenomenon that have attracted observers around the world. 
The auroras are normally in the polar regions.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH)Dr. ANASUYA ARULIAH, Senior lecturer, UCL
"Auroras occur all the time, it's a phenomenon caused by the Sun. The Sun is a violent ball of hot gas and it' s constantly emitting photons, electrons, and these come and hit the Earth. And because we have a magnetic field, we are protected from this hot gas... But when the Sun is being particularly violent, then it' s possible for these particles to start penetrating to lower latitudes, that' s when you can see it, in the far north of Britain, but it' s very very rare that it' s likely to come down as far as the midlands of Britain."
According to weather forecaster, the next few weeks may be one of the best chances to see auroras in England.
Despite of being a beautiful phenomenon, auroras are considered as a type of harmful space weather could impair our satellite systems and affect means of communication and timing. They are also dangerous for astronauts, spacecraft and airplanes. 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH)Dr. ANASUYA ARULIAH, Senior lecturer, UCL
"Aurora is a very beautiful phenomenon, but it's just a manifestation of some very dangerous particles and X-rays, which affect technology, that we have to consider how we can protect our modern society from."
According to Dr Aruliah, activities of the sun have been studied for millennia, but as we still don't fully understand how flares from the sun that cause geomagnetic storms are generated, predicting auroras has been proven difficult.