UK enjoys Northern Lights display

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Published: Wednesday 18th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Skygazers have been treated to another spectacular display of the Northern Lights over the skies of Britain.

Increased solar activity meant that people in the Midlands and the North had the chance of catching the colourful phenomenon in the early hours, the Met Office said.

The celestial display of the aurora borealis is caused by eruptions on the surface of the Sun and recent activity has been unexpectedly strong.

The display came after large explosions on the Sun threw huge amounts of magnetically charged particles out into space.

This is called a coronal mass ejection (CME) and earlier this week it triggered a severe geomagnetic storm, prompting forecasters to predict possible sightings.

A CME left the Sun on Sunday and arrived at Earth in the early hours of today.

Published: Wednesday 18th March 2015 by The News Editor

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