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See the enchanting Northern Lights… here in the UK!

Enjoy this totally free Christmas event

In order to capture a glimpse of the Northern Lights, you usually have to trek to Lapland, Iceland or Norway.

And even then, there is no guarantee that you will actually spot them, with travellers relying on local guides to chase the lights across the sky.

Now, that’s all set to change. No longer do you need to step on a plane, stay up late, or check the forecast, instead the lights are coming to you!

[Credit: Festival.org]

The phenomenon, also known as Aurora Borealis (after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and Greek god of the north wind, Boreas) plans to take your breath away in London.

Full disclosure, this is not because climate change has suddenly made them visible from the UK, but because a new light installation is hitting Guildhall Yard in the Big Smoke.

The venue will play host to this unique work from ‘artivist’ Dan Acher, who prides himself on “creating spaces where strangers come together”, until December 22.

[Credit: Festival.org]

To immerse yourself in this beautiful spectacle, you will be plunged into a multicoloured lights cloak mimicking the movement of the natural Northern Lights.

If you are lucky enough to have seen the Aurora Borealis, you will be familiar with the dynamic patterns of brilliant lights, often green, purple or white, that appear to ‘dance’ as spirals.

Magic aside (sorry!), the anomaly actually occurs due an interaction between the Earth’s magnetic field and charged particles emitted by the sun.

It happens because the sun has its own solar wind that sends out these charged particles, which then whirl around Earth’s magnetic fields.

[Credit: Lightscape]

Ordinarily, tour packages to see the real deal are pricey and are not possible on a budget.

Today, you can see the copycat version totally free of charge, all you need to do is turn up between 5.30pm until 10pm to experience the Willy Wonka of lights.

For more info, click here: Northern Lights.

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