Stunning images of aurora borealis spotted in Leicestershire by stargazers

The Northern Lights were visible in Leicestershire last night (Friday 10 May). Intense colors of pink, purple, blue and green were spotted in the sky by stargazers up and down the county.

The lights, also known as the aurora borealis, appear as a consequence of solar activity. They result from collisions of charged particles in the solar wind colliding with molecules in Earth’s upper atmosphere.

The visibility of the northern lights was increased on Friday due to an “extreme” geomagnetic storm, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon said on Friday there was a good chance the aurora borealis would be seen.

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He said: “Although the shorter nights will limit the window of visibility, there is a good chance of seeing the aurora, particularly on Friday evening and especially in Scotland, Ireland and parts of northern England and Wales. There might even be visibility further south if you have the right equipment.

“Those conditions could continue into Saturday night, but we still need to work out some details on exactly where that will be.” In our gallery below, you can see 12 images of the Northern Lights taken from across Leicestershire.

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Taken on Bede’s Island, Leicester

(Image: Bhavandeep Bains)

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Aurora seen in Ratby

(Image: John Bonell)

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The phenomenon seen at Barwell

(Image: Laura Isherwood)

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Aurora Borealis seen in Loughborough

(Image: Mariam Yakub)

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Bright lights seen in Ashby

(Image: Daniel Jackson)

12 out of 12(Image: Daniel Jackson)

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