Solar eruption: a possible aurora borealis this evening and next night in France

The Northern Lights are one of the most spectacular natural phenomena. These colorful glows that illuminate the night sky are caused by the interaction between charged particles from the sun and the Earth's magnetic field. I have been lucky enough to witness several Northern Lights during my travels, and they are unforgettable experiences.

What is an aurora borealis?

Solar eruption: a possible aurora borealis this evening and the ...

An aurora borealis is a luminous phenomenon that occurs in the sky when a solar wind loaded with particles (electrons and protons) collides with atoms in the upper atmosphere (between 80 and 500 kilometers of altitude). These particles are guided by the lines of the Earth's magnetic field towards the poles. When they collide with atoms in the atmosphere, they excite them and cause them to emit light.

A possible aurora borealis in France

A major solar flare (X1.1) occurred early Saturday morning. Conditions could be favorable for observing the Northern Lights in the north of France. The particles ejected by the sun could arrive next night, March 24 to 25.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates that there is a 70% chance of seeing an aurora borealis in northern France. If weather conditions are favorable, the aurora could be visible at night, between 3 and 4 a.m.

Northern Lights FAQ

Q: Where can you see the Northern Lights?

A: The Northern Lights are visible in regions near the Earth's magnetic poles. In France, they are visible in the north of the country, particularly in Brittany, Normandy and Nord-Pas-de-Calais.

Q: What time of year can you see the Northern Lights?

A: The Northern Lights are more common in winter, when nights are longer and solar activity is more intense.

Q: What are the favorable weather conditions for observing the Northern Lights?

A: The Northern Lights are most visible on clear, cloudless days.

Tips for observing the Northern Lights

If you want to observe the Northern Lights, here are some tips:

  • Choose a dark, open location, away from light pollution.
  • Be patient. The Northern Lights can take time to appear.
  • Use binoculars or a camera to improve your vision.


The Northern Lights are fascinating natural phenomena that offer an unforgettable spectacle. If you have the chance to see one, take advantage of it!