Incredible Northern Lights display seen in Cornwall – in pictures

Cornwall was treated to an incredible display of the Northern Lights last night (May 10). Onlookers were stunned by the rare sighting caused by the unusual weather conditions.

Sightings of the Northern Lights – or Aurora Borealis – are rare in most parts of the UK. But last night, an “extreme” geomagnetic storm heading towards Earth meant visibility increased dramatically, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The lights we see are the result of particles colliding with gases in the Earth’s atmosphere around the magnetic poles. The gas atoms then glow the impressive shades of pink, purple, green and blue that we see.

Already picturesque Cornish scenes were set against a stunning backdrop of lights. The photos were taken across the region, from Bude to St Austell to St Ives and Truro.

Here are some of the incredible images that have been submitted to CornwallLive.

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Northern Lights seen over Bude

(Image: Em Griffiths)

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Aurora Borealis over St Austell

(Image: Adam Clarke)

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