The 'Aurora Borealis', also known as the Northern Lights, gave one of its best displays for ten years last night due to a cloudless and starry night sky. This spectacular phenomenon is caused by electrically charged particles originating from solar winds leaving the Sun. On entering the Earth's atmosphere they cause gas atoms in the sky to glow in a dramatic display of colours ranging through the spectrum of greens, pinks, reds and purples. The display was seen over wide ranging parts of the UK from Wick in N.Scotland as far south as Jersey. It was also seen in N.Ireland, Essex,Gloucestershire, Norfolk and S.Wales.
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Ali was out working and phoned to tell us to go up to Whitebridge and watch the display. It was amazing and is due to occur again tonight.