Parts across Britain were lit up in spectacular style last night. An array of red and green shades illuminated a star spangled sky in a rare Northan Lights show
Stargazers in Norfolk, Essex, South Wales and parts of Scotland were treated to breathtaking views of the Aurora Borealis.
Pictures show a red and green sky littered with stars caused by the collision of electronically charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere.
The Northern Lights were discovered in 1621 by French scientist Pierre Gassendi, who named them Aurora – after the Roman goddess of dawn – Borealis, the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas.
These amazing photographs were taken by Steven Burbidge of Itteringham, North Norfolk. Mr Burbidge posted an update on face book quoting “Look everybody, It’s only the Northan flipping lights! – From just outside my house this evening! Possibly the most exciting thing that has happened ever”
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