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Northern Lights could be visible for parts of the UK until Saturday | UK News

Skygazers across the UK have a chance to witness the Northern Lights until Saturday.

The Met Office forecast suggests the phenomenon, also known as the Aurora Borealis, could be visible to the naked eye along the northern horizon from Scotland, where skies are clear.

The Northern Lights may also illuminate the sky in Northern Ireland and northern England.

A minor enhancement to the aurora oval – which determines the range of polar lights – means the dazzling display is visible further south.

It is usually associated with Scandinavian countries in Europe, but can sometimes be seen in the UK.

People reported sightings across the nation on Wednesday – from as far south as Cornwall, as well as in Greater Manchester, Northumberland and the Lake District.

Lancaster University’s AuroraWatch, run by the Space and Planetary Physics group, issued a “red alert” on Wednesday, meaning “it is likely that aurora will be visible by eye and camera from anywhere in the UK”.

The activity is expected to start subsiding from Saturday.

How can you see the phenomenon?

Professor Don Pollacco, of the University of Warwick’s department of physics, said it would be difficult to predict exactly where the Northern Lights could be seen, because conditions change rapidly.

“However, one thing is for sure, and that is that you are unlikely to see them from a brightly lit city environment – you need to go somewhere dark and look towards the northern horizon [look for the North Star].

“So, you would preferably be in the countryside away from street lights. Of course, it also needs to clear.”

Explaining what the lights are, Professor Pollacco added: “The Northern Lights [Aurora Borealis] are caused by the interaction of particles coming from the sun, the solar wind, with the Earth’s atmosphere – channelled to the polar regions by the Earth’s magnetic field.

“It’s actually a bit like iron filings and the field of a bar magnetic.

“The solar wind contains more particles when there are sun spots, as these are regions on the sun’s surface where the magnetic field is interacting with the plasma in the sun, and the particles can be released.

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“Once the particles are channelled into the Earth’s atmosphere they interact with molecules and have distinctive colours and patterns such as light emissions that look like curtains or spotlights.

“These shapes over change quickly over timescales of minutes/seconds.”

According to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, different gases determine what colours light up the sky, with nitrogen and oxygen being the primary gases in Earth’s atmosphere.

Green in the aurora is a characteristic of oxygen, while purple, blue or pink hues are caused by nitrogen.

A deep red can sometimes be seen when the aurora is “particularly energetic”, as a result of very high altitude oxygen interacting with solar particles.

Pay offer made to Aslef train drivers as rail strike disruption continues on Saturday | UK News

Train operating companies have offered the drivers’ union a two-year deal in a bid to resolve the bitter pay dispute  – as strikes across the rail network continue on Saturday.

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said it was offering a “landmark outline proposal” in exchange for a pay increase of 4% for 2022 and 4% for this year.

It also includes a commitment to no compulsory redundancies until at least 31 March 2024.

Steve Montgomery, chairman of the RDG, said: “This is a fair and affordable offer in challenging times, providing a significant uplift in salary for train drivers while bringing in common-sense and long-overdue reforms that would drive up reliability for passengers and allow the railway to adapt to changed travel patterns.”

Drivers’ union Aslef said it had not seen the offer.

It comes as RMT union members at Network Rail and 14 train companies are continuing with a 48-hour strike which is set to cripple services across the country again on Saturday.

Only around one in five trains will run, with services starting later and finishing earlier.

The RMT has rejected a pay offer from train companies of 4% last year and 4% this year, saying a “host of unacceptable changes” were included such as the widespread expansion of driver-only operation on train services.

It argued that while rail workers have had their pay frozen between March 2020 and September 2022, official data showed that the private train operators made £310m in taxpayer-funded profits during the same period.

File photo dated 05/01/23 of Southeastern train drivers outside Ramsgate station in Kent during a strike by drivers from the Aslef union, in a long-running dispute over jobs and pensions. Train operating companies have offered the drivers' union a two-year pay deal in a bid to resolve the bitter dispute which has led to a series of strikes. The Rail Delivery Group said it was offering a "landmark outline proposal" that would deliver more reliable services for passengers, in exchange for a pay in
Southeastern train drivers outside Ramsgate station in Kent during a strike by drivers from the Aslef union

By September this year, that figure will be in excess of £400m, all of which can be turned into shareholder dividends, said the union.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “While the secretary of state and the Rail Delivery Group spin about the need for reform to fund pay rises, the truth is that the money was always there but it’s being salted away by a gang of profiteers and their mates in the government.

“It’s outrageous that the interests of workers, passengers and the taxpaying public are all sacrificed to the greed of a handful of private transport companies who are being guaranteed profits when they can’t run a railway even when we’re not on strike.”

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The latest strikes are part of a long-running pay dispute between rail staff and the train operating companies, that has caused widespread disruption to services across the UK.

A Department for Transport spokesperson said: “Passengers have rightly had enough of rail strikes and want the disruption to end.

“Unions should step back from this strike action so we can start 2023 by ending this damaging dispute.”

MPs pledge allegiance to King Charles III in rare Saturday Commons sitting | Politics News

Senior MPs have pledged their allegiance to King Charles III in a rare Saturday Commons sitting.

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle was the first to do so.

He was followed by Father of the House, the longest serving male MP, Conservative Sir Peter Bottomley.

Then came the Mother of the House, the longest serving female MP, Labour’s Harriet Harman.

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New Prime Minister Liz Truss, who only gained the keys to Number 10 on Tuesday, followed them.

She said: “I swear by almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His Majesty King Charles, his heirs and successors, according to law, so help me God.”

Next were members of the Conservative whips’ office, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey and the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford.

Plaid Cymru’s Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts took an oath in both English and Welsh.

She was followed by former Conservative PM Theresa May and current Deputy PM Therese Coffey.

At the same time, senior members of the House of Lords, including Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, also swore the oath of allegiance to the King.

Sir Lindsay said that “time constraints” meant only some MPs could take the oath or affirm on Saturday, but that further time to do so would be made available at a later date.

Every MP will have the option of taking an oath or affirming to the King when the commons returns after the period of national mourning – but they are not obliged to.

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It is only the sixth time that the commons has sat on a Saturday since the Second World War.

The other times were:

• 2 September 1939 – for the outbreak of the Second World War

• 30 July 1949 – for summer adjournment debates

• 3 November 1956 – to discuss the Suez Crisis

• 3 April 1982 – to discuss the Falkland Islands invasion

• 19 October 2019 – to discuss Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal

Both the House of Commons and House of Lords also met from midday on Friday to allow for MPs and peers to pay their respects to the Queen following her death.

The Commons chamber was a sea of black as MPs stood for a minute’s silence before Ms Truss led Friday’s tributes, saying that the Queen was “one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known”.

She added: “As we meet today, we remember the pledge she made on her 21st birthday to dedicate her life to service. The whole House will agree, never has a promise been so completely fulfilled.”

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Three MPs pay tribute to Queen

Speaking for the first time since returning to the Conservative back benches earlier in the week, Boris Johnson said: “The fact that today we can say with such confidence, God save the King is a tribute to him, but above all, to Elizabeth the Great who worked so hard for the good of her country, not just now, but for generations to come.

“That is why we mourn her so deeply. And it is in the depths of our grief that we understand why we loved her so much.”

Sir Keir added: “The loss of our Queen robs this country of its still point, its greatest comfort at precisely the time we need those things most.

While former PM Mrs May said the Queen was “the most remarkable person I have ever met”.

The event was also littered with laughter and fond memories of the Queen who ruled for more than 70 years.

Parliament’s tributes followed an outpouring of grief from across the political spectrum as the world digested news of the Queen’s death at the age of 96.

MPs will continue paying tribute to the Queen this afternoon.