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Northern Lights Pictures Flood Twitter As North England Treated To Aurora Borealis

03/18/2015 09:59 am 09:59:42 | Updated 18 March 2015

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Owen Humphreys caught the phenomenon over Derwent Water near Keswick in the Lake District.

People across the north of England and Ireland were treated to a spectacular light show as a massive geomagnetic storm created an Aurora Borealis - or Northern Lights.

The light show was caused by a massive flare from the Sun, the flare's charged particles then collided with the Earth causing ionisation, which in turn creates the huge rippling blankets of colour to appear in the sky.

Commonly seen only in the 'Auroral Zone' the Northern Lights can sometimes be witnessed further south if a Solar flare collides with the planet.

People from all over the north of England and Ireland turned to social media to share their pictures from the night:

  • Maciej Winiarczyk/ Ross Parry
  • Dancing northern lights in Sutherland, on the north coast of Scotland.
  • Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
  • The aurora borealis, or the northern lights as they are commonly known, over Derwent water near Keswick in the Lake District.
  • Tom White/PA Wire
  • The aurora borealis, or the northern lights as they are commonly known, at Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District, with Blencathra and Skiddaw behind.
  • Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
  • The aurora borealis, or the northern lights as they are commonly known, over Derwent water near Keswick in the Lake District.
  • Tom White/PA Wire
  • The aurora borealis, or the northern lights as they are commonly known, at Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District, with Blencathra and Skiddaw behind.
  • Maciej Winiarczyk/ Ross Parry
  • Dancing northern lights in Sutherland, on the north coast of Scotland. A severe solar storm reached the Earth on Tuesday, contributing to a display of the aurora with the potential to stretch as far south as Oregon in the US, as well as being visible across unexpected reaches of the southern hemisphere. Two blasts of magnetic plasma left the sun on Sunday, eventually combining and arriving on Earth on Tuesday about 15 hours earlier and much stronger than expected, said Thomas Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Centre in Boulder, Colorado.
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  • Aurora Borealis seen over the Brecon Beacons, Wales, Britain
  • Maciej Winiarczyk/ Ross Parry
  • Northern lights in Sutherland
  • David Forster / Alamy
  • Marwood, Barnard Castle, County Durham UK. The UK has just experienced the strongest geomagnetic storm of this solar cycle creating good views of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in the Marwood area of Barnard Castle in County Durham UK.
  • Maciej Winiarczyk/ Ross Parry
  • Dancing northern lights in Sutherland.
  • Maciej Winiarczyk/ Ross Parry
  • Dancing northern lights in Sutherland, on the north coast of Scotland. A severe solar storm reached the Earth on Tuesday, contributing to a display of the aurora with the potential to stretch as far south as Oregon in the US, as well as being visible across unexpected reaches of the southern hemisphere. Two blasts of magnetic plasma left the sun on Sunday, eventually combining and arriving on Earth on Tuesday about 15 hours earlier and much stronger than expected, said Thomas Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Centre in Boulder, Colorado.
  • NASA tweeted this photo of the Northern Lights from space 'Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Green from space.
  • Tom White/PA Wire
  • The aurora borealis, or the northern lights as they are commonly known, at Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District, with Blencathra and Skiddaw behind.
  • Rex
  • Aurora Borealis seen over the Brecon Beacons, Wales, Britain
  • Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
  • The aurora borealis, or the northern lights as they are commonly known, over Derwent water near Keswick in the Lake District.
  • Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
  • The aurora borealis, or the northern lights as they are commonly known, over Derwent water near Keswick in the Lake District.
  • Tom White/PA Wire
  • The aurora borealis, or the northern lights as they are commonly known, at Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District, with Blencathra and Skiddaw behind.
  • NASA tweeted this photo of the Northern Lights from space 'Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Green from space.
  • Aurora Borealis in Kulosaari, Finland
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  • Aurora Borealis in Kulosaari, Finland
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  • The scenery of aurora at Narva-Joesuu in northeastern Estonia
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  • The scenery of aurora at Narva-Joesuu in northeastern Estonia
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  • The Aurora Borealis are seen over Usk Reservoir.
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  • St. Patrick's Aurora was taken at Donnelly Creek, Alaska

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