Meteors, Northern Lights and an Eclipse all in one week!

17 March 2015

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If your children are stargazers or interested in science like mine is then this is turning out to be an amazing week. First there was that beautiful picture of a meteor over Loch Ness, the eclipse coming on Friday, and tonight the Northern Lights will be visible in the UK!

The Met Office is reporting that there is a massive solar storm under way right now meaning that the Northern Lights may be visible across large parts of the north of the UK where there are clear skies - even as far south as the Midlands!

I can tell you that we can't see them here in Greater Manchester yet, but it is a little cloudy right now. We did see Jupiter and Saturn though!

With the CBeebies Stargazing programmes on every night this week at 5.45pm children are getting whipped into a frenzy by all this activity, and it's a great time to encourage kids to learn more about science and our solar system.

You can find information on Friday's Solar Eclipse here.

If it's sparked your interest, or you need some info to answer all the kids tricky questions you can grab cheap astronomy books from The Works here*.

Let us know if you see the Northern Lights! Good luck everyone.

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