27/02/2014 18:10 GMT | Updated 28/02/2014 05:59 GMT

Beautiful Northern Lights Streak Across Britain's Skies

The Northern lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, have been spotted across the UK, with a rut of sightings in Scotland, northern England, Norfolk, South Wales and even as far south as Essex.

The lights, which are caused by collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun bombarding the earth’s atmosphere, appeared around 9pm on Thursday evening in poetic waves of red, yellow, blue and violet.

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