Northern Lights spotted in Gloucestershire

Northern Lights spotted in Gloucestershire Credit: William Henderson Photography

Scientists say that the bright dancing lights known as the aurora borealis that were seen across the UK last night were the result of a major sun storm. This picture was captured in Pan Tod Beacon in Ruardean Hill.

The aurora are most commonly seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres but their appearance over the skies of our country are quite rare, occurring only two or three times a year.

Scientists say that a huge solar event, known as a "coronal mass ejection", that took place last week was responsible for the lights being visible in places as far south as Gloucestershire.