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PARTS of the UK caught a glimpse of the Northern Lights on Monday as a powerful solar storm is expected to reach Earth.

This is thanks to a Coronal Mass Ejection, a massive burst of material from the sun which can cause a phenomenon known as a geomagnetic storm, which interferes with the Earth's magnetic field.

According to the US Space Weather Prediction Centre, the event could result in power grid fluctuations as well as ...orientation irregularities... for spacecraft. Aurora may be visible as low as New York, to Wisconsin and Washington state.

The UK Met Office has said there is a slight chance of moderate class flares above it's skies too, although cloud is likely to block the view for some.

Read our Northern Lights/Solar Storm live blog for the latest updates...