Northern lights could be visible from southern Finland this weekend

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Northern lights over the Pyhae Luosto National Park in northern Finland. (iStock)
Northern lights over the Pyhae Luosto National Park in northern Finland. (iStock)
A massive solar flare launched from the sun could cause havoc with the Earth’s magnetic fields, astronomers say, leading to sightings of the bright green and red patterns of the Aurora Borealis.

Northern lights formations could be visible from southern Finland in the coming days due to a powerful solar flare which has launched from the sun towards Earth.

The phenomenon is likely to last three to four days, according to experts at Fairbanks University in Alaska.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association forecasts that the flare, a huge burst of solar wind known as a coronal mass ejection, could cause a massive storm within the Earth’s magnetic fields. Finland’s astronomical association Ursa say this could mean the bright green and red patterns of the northern lights will be visible in skies above southern Finland as soon as Friday night.

However, the association insist the movements and timing of the storm are difficult to pin down, and warn that it’s impossible to say for certain if the Aurora Borealis will make an appearance.

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