Irish eyes on northern lights
One of the world’s most famous and stunning solar phenomena is eagerly expected over Irish skies in the coming weeks, stargazers have said.
The celebrated Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, has its best chance of being seen in more than a decade because of a peak in the sun's activity.
The celestial light show appears as ghostly, wispy rays of greenish and whitish colours dancing across the heavens.
Brendan Alexander, an astronomer in Co Donegal, said the further north and away from city lights people are, the better chance they have of seeing the dream-like spectacular.
“It’s definitely worth seeking out,” he said. “It’s an event that - especially on these shores - is so rare. But we are lucky to live just north enough to experience it - any country further south than us won’t be able to see it.”