Northern Lights may be visible in Ireland this weekend

People in Ireland may get a chance to see the Northern Lights this weekend.

Aurora borealis seen in Norway in 2012

Known as the aurora borealis, the phenomenon is usually best viewed in the north of Norway.

David Moore, from Astronomy Ireland, says some recent activity on the sun could see the lights become visible as far south as Ireland later tonight.

"We are expecting a display of the Northern Lights over the North Pole that will extend as far south as Ireland," Mr Moore said.

"We expect to be able to see it at least from the north coast possibly from the whole of Ireland but you will need a clear northern horizon to see what is an incredible natural event," he warned.

More on this topic

UCD team among 200 astronomers to publish new map of the sky after finding thousands more galaxies

A rare 'super blue blood moon' wil light up sky tomorrow night ... but not in Ireland

More in this Section

#Elections2019: Fianna Fail on course to retain position as largest party in local government

#Elections2019: FG hit out at 'absent' Micheál Martin in Cork local election campaigns

Sinn Féin urges Government to call unity referendum following exit pole result

Off-duty Garda dies while diving off Wexford's Hook Head


So is this the garden of the future? Eve Kelliher visits Les Jardins d'Etretat in France

More From The Irish Examiner