Scots are set to be able to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights this weekend, according to forecasters.

The incredible nighttime spectacle is expected to be visible above the UK and Scotland tomorrow evening.

Met Office experts predict that the celestial display could be visible as far south as the north of England.

Forecasters also predict a minor geomagnetic storm tomorrow, but there is a slight chance it could be upgraded to a moderate storm.

The Northern Lights are expected to be visible over Scotland this weekend

Northern Lights could also potentially continue into Sunday.

The forecast reads: “Solar winds are expected to remain Low until the arrival of the fast winds from a coronal hole. This is most likely to occur on day 3 (15th).

“Quiet geomagnetic activity expected until this arrival, becoming Active to Minor Storm as it occurs, with a slight chance of Moderate Storms.

“Activity then becoming Quiet to Unsettled, with Active intervals and slight chance of Minor Storms during day 4 (16th).”

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The Met Office has given stargazers some tips on making the most out of their trip to see the aurora.

Tips on seeing the aurora

The best kind of nights to catch the Northern Lights is on a clear night with no cloud cover whatsoever.

Met Office experts also suggest finding a dark location with no light pollution – luckily, we’ve covered some of the best dark places in Scotland to see the nighttime phenomenon.

And when you’re travelling to these locations, you should be cautious that geomagnetic activity can cause disturbances to satellite navigation.

Stargazers should also look towards the northern horizon when seeking out the aurora.

The best time to catch the Northern Lights is between 10pm and midnight, according to AuroraWatch UK from Lancaster University.

Seeing the aurora with the naked eye

The Met Office says that the distance to the aurora belt, compounded by light pollution or twilight, can make it difficult for the naked eye to see the phenomenon clearly.

Pictures taken of the sky can often portray it as being much brighter when compared to how it appears to the naked eye.

Photographers use the same equipment and techniques used to capture dimly-lit features which are difficult to see with the naked eye – this usually means using a tripod and a long exposure length.

Using these techniques and tools allows an excess of light into the camera which produces a bright image of the aurora.

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