Parts of the UK got a rare glimpse of the Northern Lights last night. The spectacular red and green lights of the Aurora Borealis lit up skies as far south as Essex, along with parts of Norfolk.
The lights were also visible in parts of Scotland.
Barry Wiiliams from Sheringham who took this photo and sent it to us here at ITV News Anglia said. "I'm only an amateur photographer, was a bit shocked by this event, the first time I've seen the Aurora."
The display occurs when explosions on the surface of the Sun hurl huge amounts of charged particles into space, according to the British Geological Survey.
Those thrown to earth are captured by its magnetic field and guided towards the geomagnetic polar regions.
Charged particles collide with gas molecules in the atmosphere and the subsequent energy is given off as light.
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People across the North East were out late for a rare glimpse of the Northern Lights last night.
This picture was taken by one of our viewers, Nick Wesson, in Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire.
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The Northern Lights were spotted over Edinburgh earlier on this evening.
The Aurora Borealis have been spotted as far south as Essex but have also appeared over Norfolk, the Highlands, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Skye.
The Northern Lights, aka Aurora borealis, have been spotted throughout the UK this evening, lighting up the sky as far south as Norfolk.
In Whitley Bay:
In Thurso, Scotland:
In the Isle of Sky:
The Northern Lights have been seen across the UK tonight, with reported sightings as far south as Essex.
Weather watcher Chris Bell tweeted this image from his home in Norfolk:
This actually just happened...stunned....from my house at 8pm in Foxley, Norfolk... http://t.co/l51V4woGGc
In the UK, the best chance of seeing the aurora will be in Scotland, the far north of England and Northern Ireland.
Although there will be widespread cloud overnight there will be clear patches when you might be able to see the Northern Lights.
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Read more: Six tips for spotting the Northern Lights
- Find somewhere dark, away from street lights and houses.
- Try and get somewhere high if possible to eliminate light pollution and give yourself the best possible view of the sky.
- While you should generally face north, when the geomagnetic activity is high be aware that the aurora may be south of you, so it is worth checking all directions.
- Check the local weather forecast for clear skies.
- You have the best chance of spotting the Northern Lights from 10pm to 2am, but you might catch a glimpse if it is still dark when you get up in the morning.
- Remember to wrap up warm if you are going out to watch the Northern Lights.