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The Northern lights might be visible from the United Kingdom on Saturday night to Sunday morning.

Glasgow and Edinburgh are forecast to be cloudy this evening, but there could still be breaks long enough to give a glimpse of the lights.

O'Hara recommends finding the darkest spot possible and looking at the northern sky, preferably from a high vantage point where you can see the horizon.

The BBC believes the best views of the phenomenon are likely to be in the Scottish Highlands, or over in the east in Dundee or Aberdeen - both places are forecast to enjoy clear skies.

The Northern Lights, as described by the Northern Lights Centre, are "actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere".

The glowing in the sky, known as an aurora borealis, are mostly known as the Northern Lights and are quite often visible over Iceland.

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The Met Office said a solar storm is on its way to Earth, and the incredible, natural light display could be seen in Scotland.

The solar flare has prompted the NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center to issue a G2 or moderator geomagnetic storm watch.

In 2011, the Northern Lights were even spotted as far down south as Alabama.

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A flat, open area with nothing obstructing your view to the north is ideal.

"There's a couple of showers on the west coast of Scotland tonight".

Clear, dark skies are most favourable, with little or no light pollution, so getting out of the towns and into the countryside is best for viewing - weather permitting, of course. The reason we might be able to see it is because of a Geomagnetic storm that will be in effect on March 23rd.

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