They're a more regular sight at this time of the year for people who live in northern parts of Europe, but seeing the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights is a rare treat for most people in the UK.
A geomagnetic storm, which is just one notch below the highest category of solar storm, was behind the display. The storm is the result of a pair of coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, that left the Sun on March 15 and are now interacting with Earth's atmosphere and geomagnetic field.
As forecasted by the Met Office there was extensive cloud cover over most of the UK, but parts of Northern Ireland, Wales, northern England and some parts of Scotland managed to catch the multi-colour spectacle. The display was also visible in parts of the U.S., while the the Southern Lights or the Aurora Australis provided a magnificent light display in parts of Australia and New Zealand.
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