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Spectacular Northern Lights over UK

Spectacular Northern Lights illuminate sky over UK



   
   

       
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    7 March 2016


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                Northern Lights over Patterdale, CumbriaImage copyright
                 Thomas Matthews
               
           

           
           
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                    A "lucky combination" of conditions produced a dramatic light show - as snapped here over Patterdale in Cumbria
               

           

There have been spectacular displays of the Aurora Borealis - better known as the Northern Lights - across parts of the UK overnight.

The colourful phenomenon was visible in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but was also spotted as far south as Anglesey and Oxfordshire.

Aurora Borealis occurs when electrically-charged particles from the Sun enter the Earth's atmosphere.

Many people took to social media to share photographs of the dramatic show.

Forecasters had predicted a solar storm and good conditions for Aurora Borealis, and sightings of green, pink, purple, red and yellow lights were reported for several hours from about 20:00 GMT.

Gavin Chambers, an RSPB warden, tweeted pictures of vivid green in the sky over Lake Vyrnwy in Powys, Wales, saying: "Well worth getting back out of bed for!!"

Donna Butcher, from Staveley, Cumbria, tweeted to say she had been watching an "amazing display" with "shafts of light streaming directly towards Polaris". 


               
               
               

               
               
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                    Brian Doyle captured the kaleidoscope of colours over Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire
               

           

               
               
               

               
               
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                    Damian Money took this shot of the northern lights over Saltburn Pier in North Yorkshire
               

           

Met Office space weather adviser Amanda Townsend said a "lucky combination" of conditions had made for a fantastic display.

                                                                                                   

"Once in a while the solar winds are enhanced to levels stronger than normal, with particles at higher speeds, and on this occasion it has connected really well with the Earth's magnetic field," she said.


               
               
               

               
               
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                    Dunstanburgh Castle near Alnwick in Northumberland made a dramatic setting for Phil Pounder's shot of pink shades of Aurora Borealis
               

           

               
               
               

               
               
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                    The sky over Uig in the Isle of Skye was illuminated a vivid green, as captured by The Cowshed bunkhouse
               

           

               
               
               

               
               
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                    In the Republic of Ireland, fiery reds and oranges were seen over Ballynamona Beach in County Cork, as photographed by Ronan McLaughlin
               

           

               
               
               

               
               
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                    The dark skies over Loch Lomond were lit up in bright green, seen by Vanessa Graham
               

           

               
               
               

               
               
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                    Melanie Chadd snapped the eerie yellow and green display in the sky near her home in Perthshire
               

           

               
               
               

               
               
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                    The US government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which tracks space weather, predicted strong chances of visible aurora over the UK
               

           

The strongest part of the geomagnetic storm has now passed, meaning glimpses of the Aurora Borealis are likely to be available only to those in northern England and Scotland on Monday night. 

You can email your pictures and video to [email protected], and find out more about the Northern Lights here.


                                                                                               

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