Parts of the world are expected to light up with a green glow tonight, as a strong solar storm continues to blast our atmosphere. The storm was caused by a hole in the outermost layer of the sun, opening the magnetic field up to stretch further than usual, which resulted in a gradual increase in the solar wind. An increase in solar activity means the chances of seeing the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, tonight in places like Canada, Scandanavia, Scotland and even northern England and are greater than usual.

The British Geological Survey, Aurorawatch UK and US body Space Weather Prediction Centre have all reported heightened opportunities of spotting the aurora, because a hole in the sun’s outer layer is facing Earth. ‘A G2 (Moderate) Geomagnetic Storm Alert was issued at 2048 UTC (4:48 pm ET) on 28 September as effects from a large coronal hole high speed stream continue,’ the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’ Space Weather Prediction Centre said. READ MORE