Seen by You: Northern Lights over the North East

Aurora Borealis over St Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay.
Aurora Borealis over St Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay. Photo: Andrew Stewart

Viewers across the North East were treated to spectacular, and rare, views of the Northern Lights last night.

Coquet Island, Northumberland.
Coquet Island, Northumberland. Credit: Craig Stapleton
Seaham, County Durham.
Seaham, County Durham. Credit: Will Powell
Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland.
Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland silhouetted against the Northern Lights. Credit: Craig Stapleton

The display, also called Aurora Borealis, is caused by naturally charged particles from the Sun entering the Earth's atmosphere.

St Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay
St Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay Credit: Andrew Stewart
Aurora Borealis at Holy Island Causeway at around 8pm last night.
Aurora Borealis at Holy Island Causeway at around 8pm last night. Credit: Ian Calland

Normally, you'd have to travel further north to countries like Finland and Norway to see them.

Northern Lights images from across the UK

Whittle Dene, Northumberland.
Whittle Dene, Northumberland. Credit: @tonyruddick
The skies above Saltburn lit up last night.
The skies above Saltburn lit up last night. Credit: Andy Garth

Did you see the Northern Lights last night? Email your pictures to pamandian@itv.com or tweet them to @itvtynetees