Travellers witnessed enchanting northern lights from UK

Published on : Thursday, October 27, 2016

uk-northern-lightsTravellers across the entire United Kingdom witnessed celestial phenomena of the aurora borealis, widely known as the northern lights on 26th October.



Prior to the dazzling event, the Aurora Watch UK issued a Red Alert for the people of Britain. They informed that the northern lights would be visible by naked eyes throughout the country.



The northern lights got witnessed throughout Keswick in the Lake District, Brecon in south Wales, Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland, Derbyshire Peak District near Hathersage, Carneddau Mountain near Conwy, Staffordshire, Scotland’s Isle of Islay, Cumbria and numerous other corners of UK from Wednesday night till the early hours of Thursday, 27th October.



The lights could be seen from the places which are comparatively pollution free, with dark and clear sky.



According to the Met Office, the lights occur as a consequence of solar activity and result from collisions of charged particles in the solar wind colliding with molecules in the Earth’s upper atmosphere.



The Met Office also added that when the magnetic polarity of the solar wind is opposite to the Earth’s magnetic field, the two magnetic fields combine allowing these energetic particles to flow into the Earth’s magnetic north and south poles.



In order to witness the rare phenomena, several people travelled to the less polluted places of UK, away from the crowded cities and towns.

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