Northern Lights could be visible again from UK on February 27 as pictures show dramatic skies over Donnington Castle on Sunday
Jaw-dropping photographs of the Northern Lights have been taken around the UK – with another chance to see the natural phenomenon again this evening.
The lights were seen across huge swathes of the country from Cambridgeshire to Shropshire, Scotland to Wales – including here in West Berkshire.
One reader has sent us this photograph he captured at Donnington Castle yesterday (Sunday) evening.
Simon Peel said he didn't notice it with the naked eye but was pleasantly surprised by what he saw when he checked the photos this morning (Monday).
"I was out last night at Donnington Castle, attempting to take some long-exposure photos to capture star trails around the castles," Mr Peel added.
"When checking the photos this morning I found that sadly, some of my photos were ruined... by a pink aurora borealis!
"I didn't notice it with the naked eye last night, but these photos were 30 second long exposures, so pick up a lot more light.
"They appear in around 40 minutes worth of my photos."
Pictures from all over the country have been shared on social media, while the Met Office has also confirmed that the UK should be in for a repeat performance tonight – and with clear skies it will make viewing even more probable.
In a series of tweets the Met Office explained: “A coronal hole high speed stream arrived this evening combined with a rather fast coronal mass ejection leading to #Aurora sightings across the UK.”
It asked people to tag images with the hashtag #LoveUKWeather and confirmed there would be a second chance to see the lights.
Auroras display dynamic patterns of brilliant lights that appear as curtains, rays, spirals, or dynamic flickers covering the entire sky.
What are the Northern Lights?
Also known as the Aurora Borealis, nature's light show is created when a stream of charged particles which are escaping the sun meet with our planet's magnetic field and atmosphere.
The dazzling display of moving sky lights in colours and shades of green, red, purple and pink are most commonly seen in places such as Iceland, Norway, Finland and Greenland as well as sometimes, the most northern parts of Scotland.
A Met Office spokesperson said the sightings of the lights further south in the UK on Sunday night were due to the “strength” of a geomagnetic storm.
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