The Northern Lights brighten up UK skies in rare guest appearance

The Northern Lights brightened up the UK's skies on Thursday evening in a stunning display of colour, even though they're usually confined to a circle of about 2,500 kilometres around the magnetic poles.

Famous for making an elusive appearance in the Arctic and Antarctic polar regions, the Aurora Borealis could be seen across skies in Scotland, Northumberland and as far south as Essex, turning the sky into a sea of bright green, pink, yellow and orange.

We take a look at the rare light display, which is often created by the collision of particles from the sun entering the earth's atmosphere...

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