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Seen by You: Northern Lights over the North East

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. Credit: Craig Stapleton
Seaham, County Durham. Credit: Will Powell
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 Credit: Andrew Stewart
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. Credit: @tonyruddick
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