Northern Lights UK: Here's what to do if you missed Aurora Borealis ‘I missed the Northern Lights for the most mundane reason’

It’s on many people’s bucket list to travel to Iceland to witness the Northern Lights but people from the ‘top to the tail’ of the United Kingdom did so, mostly from their own gardens at the weekend, everyone except for me it seems.I am also one of ‘those people’ who have visited Iceland and failed to see the Northern Lights.

Oblivious to the spectacular solar storm Aurora Borealis that had taken place the night before, I woke up to hundreds of notifications containing photographs of pink and green strobes spreading across the sky.

Normally I don’t get that ‘FOMO’ feeling because I like going to bed early and get up at 5am feeling refreshed for a workout.

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The problem was I wasn’t feeling refreshed, I’d gone to bed to write while watching some car crash reality TV with only the glaring lights of my LCD screens shining on me. By 10.30pm my husband was sound asleep and I found myself hooked on the show while I sat up in bed writing. Our idea of a “wild Friday” when you’re married with a young baby.

Some lucky people were able to witness the Northern Lights in YorkshireSome lucky people were able to witness the Northern Lights in Yorkshire
Some lucky people were able to witness the Northern Lights in Yorkshire

Meanwhile it seems like the world was outside witnessing the ‘probably once in a lifetime’ moment of seeing the Northern Lights.

Fear not if you too missed this magnificent meteorological event, we are part of a growing community online now spamming social media with what mundane things we were doing instead. From watching reruns of Made In Chelsea to arguments over football and drowning our sorrows, if you too weren't doing something profound instead, join our growing club.

My friend Christine Talbot said she had been driving home on the motorway.

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“All I could see was the light of cars, I don’t know how I missed it.

Our reporter Sophie Mei Lan Malin had been writing and watching TVOur reporter Sophie Mei Lan Malin had been writing and watching TV
Our reporter Sophie Mei Lan Malin had been writing and watching TV

“As Jon the weatherman would have said - look up it’s free.”

Another person who forgot to look up from her iPad was Jane Arschavir.

She said: “I was playing solitaire on my ipad before turning in for an early night.”

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Emma Hunt was also out but stuck inside a football stadium which she didn’t leave until 11pm.

Artist Panni Loh who slept through the first Northern Lights then found herself like many attempting to see them and failing the next day so nstead she saw rows of traffic.Artist Panni Loh who slept through the first Northern Lights then found herself like many attempting to see them and failing the next day so nstead she saw rows of traffic.
Artist Panni Loh who slept through the first Northern Lights then found herself like many attempting to see them and failing the next day so nstead she saw rows of traffic.

My mother Panni Loh was one of the many getting their beauty sleep Friday night. Unfortunately for her she had the same idea as many people who’d missed out on Friday.

“Having slept through the northern lights Friday night we thought we’d give it a go last night. Only lights we saw were queues of car lights. I’ve never seen so many people trying to drive out to the Peaks.

“Stood in a field for a while and then tried to navigate a way home as traffic free as possible. Nice to be out at midnight in the countryside at least- feel the night air, see the crescent moon and walk in the dark.”

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That’s what’s good about us Yorkshire folk, we’re eternal optimists and we can have a sense of humour to cheer us up.

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Yorkshire Slang says it 'ow it is for a lot of us

As @YorkshireSlang does who tweeted a cartoon of the light bulbs he saw instead.

Other people were having fun dancing to colourful strobe lights or ordering from the bar instead of witnessing the spectacle outside.

Party entertainer Sandra Wallis: “Well, I may have missed out on the Northern Lights on Friday night but I certainly didn't miss out on a big family party celebrating a 50th Birthday in Hull. I was then at a kiddies party the following day at 10 am.”

Don’t worry, if you missed out there are rumoured to be more opportunities on the way.

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