People across the UK experienced something rather special as they turned their eyes to the heavens - a rare glimpse of the Northern Lights. Spectacular red and green lights of the Aurora Borealis lit up skies as far south as Gloucestershire, Essex and Norfolk last night, the result of a strong magnetic storm. The lights were clearly visible in Glasgow, Orkney and Aberdeenshire in Scotland, at Preston in Lancashire and in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside. Above, Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) seen from the Ayr coastline, Scotland.
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