Northern lights dazzle in parts of UK overnight | BBC News

Normally rare in southern parts of the UK, the aurora made an appearance for the second time in a month.

Sky gazers were treated to “one of the best displays of aurora” on Thursday night.

After a strong geomagnetic storm on the Sun, the northern lights were seen in southern England and Wales in a rare display.

The aurora can be particularly strong around the equinox which happened earlier in the week.

Aurora activity is also increasing as the sun reaches the most active part of its 11-year cycle in 2025.

Late on Thursday evening satellites which monitor geomagnetic activity picked up a strong solar wind directed towards Earth.

Aurora watchers were then alerted, poised with their cameras pointing to the northern sky.

Charged particles entered our atmosphere and interacted with oxygen and nitrogen. The result was a display of green, magenta, red and purple colours dancing in the night sky. […]

Northern lights in Macduff, Aberdeenshire


Northern lights in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside

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