Sky watchers across the UK and Ireland were lucky enough last night to see a truly dazzling display of the Aurora Borealis, better known as the Northern Lights.
The hauntingly beautiful lights are caused by solar radiation interacting with the Earth’s magnetic field and are usually only visible in the UK from the far north of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Conditions were perfect last night according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who forecast a strong geomagnetic storm resulting in the gorgeous display.
Here’s a selection of some of the most breathtaking photos taken in the UK and Ireland last night:
— North Coast Snapper (@Northcoastsnap) March 6, 2016
— Rónán McLaughlin (@romclaughlin) March 7, 2016
— Tracey Snelus (@supersnez) March 6, 2016
— Martin McKenna (@martinastro2005) March 6, 2016
— #StormHour (@StormHour) March 6, 2016
— I'm still yes (@ayenawdontno) March 7, 2016
— Met Office (@metoffice) March 6, 2016
— Haud yer wheesht! (@corinne_mills) March 6, 2016
— lokkofoto (@L0KKO) March 6, 2016
— Pete (@irishmanlost) March 7, 2016
— seamus kelters (@seamuskelters) March 6, 2016
— Seamus McLaughlin (@seimimac) March 7, 2016Advertisement
— Alan Hendry (@SPP_AHendry) March 6, 2016