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The Northern Lights - expected to be at their best for 50 years in 2012 - will be visible from Ireland in the coming weeks, experts have revealed.

The rarity is a result of a peak in the sun's activity, according to astronomers, which means that anyone on the hunt for the Lights will have the best chance of seeing them in Ireland for more than a decade.

Experts said that the further north and away from city lights that people go, the more chance they have of seeing the phenomenon.

Between now and March is tipped to be the best time to glimpse the Lights in Ireland. Sky-gazers should look towards the northern horizon for a white or green dome of light.

If you're lucky, you'll spot rays shooting from the dome of light and across the horizon.

Malin Head, Ireland's most northerly point, is thought to be one of the best places to  catch the Aurora Borealis in Ireland.

However, it is claimed by insiders that the Lights can be visible even from the suburbs of Dublin.

You can keep up with expected sightings in Ireland at donegalskies.com.

Most people head to Scandinavia or Canada in the hope of seeing the light show, but the trip is notoriously expensive.

Look out for TNT's February 6 issue in which we tell you how to do the Northern Lights on a budget.


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