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Counties in Northern Ireland have been placed on “red alert”, as an Aurora Borealis has been illuminating the skies over the weekend.

Aurora Watch UK issued the notice and said northern counties may still catch a glimpse of the solar display today if conditions remain clear.

Astronomy Ireland took to Facebook yesterday, warning Irish stargazers: “Big Aurora expected Friday night, arrived early and was blazing over all of Ireland from midnight Thursday night. It should continue until we get to see it again from sunset Friday on.”

Slideshow: Magical moments of the Southern Lights (Provided by GES)

  • Slide 1 of 15: Stewart Island, New Zealand
  • Slide 2 of 15: Aurora australis taken from Howden, southern Tasmania.
  • Slide 3 of 15: Aurora Australis. The southern lights, Victoria Australia
  • Slide 4 of 15: Amazing night scene of aurora australis (the southern light) and milky way at Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand. Mount Cook National Park is part of over 4,300 square kilometres Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve- the largest dark sky reserve in the world.
  • Slide 5 of 15: Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Slide 6 of 15: Aurora australia | Boronia Reserve | Tasmania
  • Slide 7 of 15: Aurora (Southern Lights) timelapse found in Southern Tasmania.
  • Slide 8 of 15: The Aurora Australis displaying over German Antarctic Research Base Neumayer III. It takes an almost perfectly round shape, a sight which is very rare.
  • Slide 9 of 15: Aurora Australis also known as The Southern Lights were taken at the ever famous Church of The Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo South Island of New Zealand.
  • Slide 10 of 15: Aurora (Southern Lights) timelapse found in Southern Tasmania.
  • Slide 11 of 15: Aurora observed from southern Tasmania in late October.
  • Slide 12 of 15: Intense display of Aurora Australis (southern lights) over the Antarctic shelf ice
  • Slide 13 of 15: Scenic View Of Lake Against Sky At Night
  • Slide 14 of 15: Tower On Mt Wellington Against Star Field
  • Slide 15 of 15: Aurora Australis at Wilson Bright, South West Cape track, Southwest Tasmania
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Stewart Island, New Zealand

The Southern Hemisphere celestial phenomena can be best viewed from Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, Tasmania, Stewart Island and New Zealand.

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Tasmania, Australia

The dramatic green lights of Aurora Australis illuminate the region along with the lake in Howden.

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Victoria, Australia

A super clear night helps witness the lights in full glory. Winter in the Southern Hemisphere – from March through September – has favorable viewing conditions.

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New Zealand

A dream-like night scene is visible over Mount Cook National Park during the celestial phenomenon.

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Dunedin, New Zealand

Despite favorable conditions, viewing the auroras can be tricky as they are most visible during a geomagnetic storm in the South Pole. If the storm is not strong enough, the lights may not reach the viewing spots.

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Tasmania, Australia

The spectacular lights of Aurora Australis can be seen over the pre-colonial park of Boronia Reserve.

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Tasmania, Australia

The collision of different types of atmospheric atoms with charged solar particles at varying altitudes results in the emission of various colors, ranging from signature green to red, orange, yellow, violet and blue.

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South Atlantic Ocean, Antarctica

The Aurora Australis display over German Antarctic research station Neumayer III.

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Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

One of the ways to keep track of the auroras is by following the forecast from real-time alert developers, such as Aurora Service.

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Tasmania, Australia

A time-lapse capturing an incredible view of the aurora lights in the background.

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Tasmania, Australia

Southern Lights are considered more elusive than Northern Lights since the land mass in the south is far less than the north, and also because of the presence of light-emitting cities.

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A vivid display of Aurora Australis over the Antarctic shelf ice.

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Tasmania, Australia

Some of the best spots to view the beautiful display from New Zealand are Lake Tekapo, May Hills, Stewart Island and Queenstown.

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Tasmania, Australia

An aurora display over a tower on the rugged natural landscape of Mt. Wellington.

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Tasmania, Australia

The best Australian destinations to witness the spectacle includes Mount Wellington and Victoria. The Coles Bay and Boronia Reserve in Tasmania are other great viewing spots.

15/15 SLIDES They followed by saying that “if the Aurora is as big as predictions, you don’t have to go to Donegal. You should be able to see it from a dark location, preferably northwest of any urban lights.”

The group described the display as a “once in a decade event.”

Those hoping to witness the lights have been advised to take a camera with long exposure, as they can be more clearly discerned through film than the natural eye.

The BBC reported that the Aurora was the result of a solar flare, which erupted from the sun on Wednesday and was the strongest in a decade.

British Geological Survey's (BGS) space weather unit said the flare was also associated with a coronal mass ejection.

The Aurora was visible last night from most of Scotland’s east coast, as well as the north of England, while countries such as Finland and Lapland witnessed the most powerful displays.

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