Northern lights glow over England and Scotland

  • 20 February 2015
Northern Lights Image copyright AP

The Aurora Borealis - better known as the Northern Lights - has been giving rare and spectacular displays over parts of the north of England and Scotland.

The Northern Lights are caused by the movement of the solar wind - a stream of charged particles escaping the Sun - and our planet's magnetic field and atmosphere.

These charged particles "excite" gases in our atmosphere, that make them glow - like gas in a fluorescent tube.

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