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The Northern Lights Over The UK Last Night Were Pretty Amazing

The sky looked especially stunning over Northumberland, the Lake District, Scotland, the Brecon Beacons, and Northern Ireland.

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Earlier this week, the most powerful solar flare in 20 years hit the Earth's atmosphere, and the results have been pretty goddamn spectacular.

The displays were caused by something called a coronal mass ejection – a stream of charged particles spat out by the sun. When it hit our atmosphere, it resulted in a supercharged display of the Northern Lights, aka the aurora borealis.


The two blasts of magnetic plasma hit the atmosphere much earlier than scientists expected, and with much greater strength. The result was that the borealis was visible much further south than usual.

Did you capture any spectacular shots of the Northern Lights? Please send them in to us at @BuzzFeedUK.

Matt Tucker is the UK picture editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

Contact Matthew Tucker at matthew.tucker@buzzfeed.com.

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