Northern Lights will be visible across much of continental US

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After a very strong display of the Northern lights starting at midnight on Thursday another good display is expected on Friday night after sunset and it should be visible from Ireland. The aurora goes on during night and day alike, but you can only actually see the light show against a dark sky. In fact, they may be visible as far south as Chicago, Northern England, and Southern Germany over the next few days. However, the chances that this CME causes a "G3" geomagnetic storm are really low.

A courtesy photo of the Aurora Borealis as seen in Bete Grise, MI on September 7, 2017. U.S. scientists say it's the result of a strong solar storm that happened over the last two days.

As all keen followers of space weather will know, there were of course two large coronal mass ejections (solar flares) recently.

Photographers were out in force in the early hours to catch a glimpse of the famous Northern Lights and an increase in solar activity led to particularly striking scenes.

On Monday, the surface of the sun erupted into a small solar flare and burped out a cloud of high-energy particles.

How does one view the Northern Lights?

If you live in Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, or northern Pennsylvania, chances are high that you'll see Northern Lights tonight and this weekend, weather permitting. Did you head outside and see nothing but clouds?

The Northern Lights will be occurring North/ North East of the United Kingdom, so make sure you have a good view of the northern horizon.