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Northern Lights glow in the sky above Uttoxeter

The Aurora Borealis as seen in Uttoxeter in North Staffordshire. Credit: Twitter: @RichardH082

This picture shows a rare glimpse of natural phenomenon the Northern Lights over Staffordshire last night.

A strong magnetic solar storm means the Aurora Borealis, which is normally associated with the arctic circle, could be widely seen across the UK, with sightings as far south as Gloucestershire,


Northern Lights brighten Britain's skies

The Northern Lights made a rare and incredible appearance in the British skies last night, with sightings reported as far south as Essex.

Embleton Bay in Northumberland. Credit: Tom White/PA Wire

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Rare glimpse of the Northern Lights in Shropshire

The sky glows red & green in Whixal in Shropshire Credit: Chris Burrage

People across the Midlands were able to see a very rare sight last night as the sky turned red and green through the natural phenomenon which is the Northern Lights.

The Aurora Borealis lit up the skies as far south as Gloucestershire, the result of a strong magnetic storm.

It's very rare for the natural phenomenon to be seen so far south Credit: Chris Burrage

These pictures of the spectacular light show were taken by Chris Burrage in Whixal in Shropshire, who said he'd never seen them there before.

The Northern Lights are usually visible in only the more northern parts of the UK, but a surge in geomagnetic activity last night led to them appearing much further south than usual.

Did you see the Northern lights in the East & West MIdlands? We'd love to see your photos - send them to - or post them directly to our Facebook page.

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