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The Northern Lights shine over Whitley Bay

The skies were lit up with colours of the Northern Lights near Whitley Bay in Northumberland last night.

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, shine over St Marys Island near Whitley Bay in Northumberland. Credit: PA

The Northern Lights, known as aurora borealis, is caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole.

Did you get any photos? Share them with us by emailing pamandian@itv.com, or tweet us @itvtynetees.

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Weather: Northern Lights give a festive display

Berwick-Upon-Tweed Credit: Danny Spring

There was a festive light display for a lucky few last night as clear skies led to perfect Aurora spotting conditions.

People in the east saw some spectacular scenes as the Northern Lights brought a splash of colour to the night's sky.

Here are some of the pictures you have been sending in.

Howick Credit: Alan Short
Hartlepool Credit: Gary Pescod
Middlesbrough Credit: Lindsey Taylor
St Mary's Lighthouse Credit: Paul Turner

A good chance to see the Northern Lights

There is an increased chance of catching the Northern Lights over Northern England and Scotland over the next few weeks.

A combination of space weather phenomena are a good sign for stargazers.

A high speed solar wind stream heading towards Earth will disturb our magnetic fields - and that could lead to a spectacular light show.

Credit: Ashley Corr

We are now in a period, lasting a few weeks, where factors are working together to increase the chances of geomagnetic disturbances, which in turn bring with them the aurora.

The strength of the disturbance directly relates to how far south the aurora is visible (or how far north if you are in the southern hemisphere), and of course you need clear skies to see it.

– Met Office

The weather tonight will be best in the west for Aurora spotting - with more cloud clinging to the east coast.

But if you miss out tonight do not worry - this set up is going to last for a little while yet.

You can see more on the Northern Lights [here](We are now in a period, lasting a few weeks, where these two factors are working together to increase the chances of geomagnetic disturbances, which in turn bring with them the aurora. The strength of the disturbance directly relates to how far south the aurora is visible (or how far north if you are in the southern hemisphere),

NORTHERN LIGHTS: Could we see them tonight?

Barnard Castle on Tuesday Credit: Mark Brownless

Two nights ago a lucky few were able to spot the Northern Lights over the north of the UK.

This was thanks to an increase in geomagnetic activity- a scenario that has been repeated today.

If this lasts it could mean good news for aurora spotters in the region tonight.

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Geomagnetic activity readings Credit: aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk

The main problem we are facing is cloud levels.

The general trend os for the cloud to break through the late evening - with clearer skies developing after midnight.

At the moment it is a case of keeping your fingers crossed and watching this space.

For updates you can follow our weather presenter Ross on Twitter - @Ross_Hutchinson

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Stunning Northern Lights display overnight

Barnard Castle Credit: Mark Brownless

There were wonderful scenes to be spotted in our skies overnight as the Northern Lights made an appearance for a lucky few who stayed up into the early hours.

The purple, yellow and green lights were visible in Northern England and Southern Scotland.

The scene near Hawick Credit: Sam Cornwell

Readings from aurorawatch showed above average geomagnetic activity readings last night.

The website has said this means,

The Aurora is likely to be visible from Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland."

– aurorawatch
Credit: aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk

As to whether we will have a similar scene tonight - at the moment it is a case of waiting and watching.

Northern Lights light up the sky Credit: Sam Cornwell
  • If you catch a glimpse of the Aurora tonight do tweet @itvtynetees or email weatherpics@itv.com your pictures.

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The aurora lights up the skies

Holy Island on Saturday night Credit: Wayne Calvert

Saturday night gave a lucky few a view to remember.

The Northern Lights were active over our region - with people on Holy Island getting some amazing views.

Here are some of the pictures we have been sent.

Holy Island on Saturday night Credit: Ashley Corr

Ashly told us -

The light show was amazing and lasted for over 5 hours!

We left Sunderland at 6.30 on Saturday evening and returned home at 6.00am on Sunday morning… shattered but ecstatic.

– Ashley Corr
Credit: Wayne Calvert

Northern Lights: Top photography tips

Tonight is the best chance to see the Northern Lights in our region for a long time.

No guarantees - but if it does happen you might want to know how to photograph it.

Viewer Alison Leddy has given us her top tips for capturing the phenomenon on camera.

Go as far away from any light pollution as possible and look to the north for clear dark skies.

The coast is generally the best.

Be prepared for a long wait and keep taking photos and checking on your camera.

– Alison Leddy
Alison captured this shot earlier this year Credit: Alison Leddy

A lot of the time it isn't visible to the naked eye but because you are doing a long exposure, your camera's sensor picks up the light and colours.

Best tip ever is to wrap up warm, it could turn into a long night.

– Alison Leddy

If you do get a picture you can email me your pictures to:

weatherpics@itv.com

Or Tweet me:

@Ross_Hutchinson

And good luck!!

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