Aurora lights up northern skies

Aurora lights up northern skies

The Auroral display pictured near Rufforth by Martin Dawson, chairman of the York Astronomical Society.

The Northern Lights pictured last night on the Yorkshire Wolds just above Wetwang by Melanie Moss.

The Northern Lights pictured last night on the Yorkshire Wolds just above Wetwang by Melanie Moss.

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THE Aurora Borealis put on a remarkable display over Yorkshire last night treating stargazers to a rare glimpse of the stunning natural phenomenom.

The Northern Lights were spotted across the UK, and members of the York Astronomical Society managed to capture some images of the rare sight over the city.

The display was caused when solar wind - or electronically charged particles - was thrown out by the sun and entered the Earth's atmosphere.

  • Did you see the Northern Lights in Yorkshire last night? Email your photos to newsdesk@thepress.co.uk.

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A time lapse animation of the aurora. Picture: Martin Dawson

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1:30pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Fat chance in York city centre, with all its dreadful street lighting.
Fat chance in York city centre, with all its dreadful street lighting. Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: -1

4:44pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Blimp says...

Borealis? Love it, more please!

(And hopefully we'll get to see it next time.)
Borealis? Love it, more please! (And hopefully we'll get to see it next time.) Blimp
  • Score: 2

4:04am Sun 2 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

Shame somebody from an astronomical society could not have seen/predicted when the particles were emitted from the sun so as to give us a heads-up that we might see a light show. If I had known, I would have gone off to Garrowby Hill to see if I could see it (once up the hill, you're out of the vale of York and so away from the light pollution)
Shame somebody from an astronomical society could not have seen/predicted when the particles were emitted from the sun so as to give us a heads-up that we might see a light show. If I had known, I would have gone off to Garrowby Hill to see if I could see it (once up the hill, you're out of the vale of York and so away from the light pollution) Magicman!
  • Score: 1

9:28am Mon 3 Mar 14

MrsHoney says...

How annoying, I'd love to see them.
How annoying, I'd love to see them. MrsHoney
  • Score: 0

6:51pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Martin Dawson says...

Unfortunatly Aurora are very hard to predict. If I could predict one and take a penny from every one who wants to see it, I'd be very rich ;o) We do know that four days before there was a massive explosion on the sun that throw out particles that eventually caught up with the earth and created the aurora. But even then we did not know it would be so strong to be seen this far south. May I suggest you join The York Astronomical Society's forums on the web site and keep a eye open, just in case. Just tap in York Astronomical Society and there site will 'pop' up, just follow the instructions like on any other site. Its all free. BTW - we are having a Star Party on the Knavesmire on Wednesday 5th March, on the hard standing half way down Knavesmire Road. You are all very welcome to join us. We (hopefully) will have a clear sky and be able to shew you the moon and Jupiter... See YOU all tommora? Hope so... Martin Dawson, Chairman, York AS
Unfortunatly Aurora are very hard to predict. If I could predict one and take a penny from every one who wants to see it, I'd be very rich ;o) We do know that four days before there was a massive explosion on the sun that throw out particles that eventually caught up with the earth and created the aurora. But even then we did not know it would be so strong to be seen this far south. May I suggest you join The York Astronomical Society's forums on the web site and keep a eye open, just in case. Just tap in York Astronomical Society and there site will 'pop' up, just follow the instructions like on any other site. Its all free. BTW - we are having a Star Party on the Knavesmire on Wednesday 5th March, on the hard standing half way down Knavesmire Road. You are all very welcome to join us. We (hopefully) will have a clear sky and be able to shew you the moon and Jupiter... See YOU all tommora? Hope so... Martin Dawson, Chairman, York AS Martin Dawson
  • Score: 0

6:55pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Martin Dawson says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
Fat chance in York city centre, with all its dreadful street lighting.
Actually Ignatius we had a display in January 2005 that was sooooo strong it could be seen in the middel of York ;o) But you are right about York's dreadful street lighting... A more enlightened council (pun intended) would do something about it and save some of our council tax...
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: Fat chance in York city centre, with all its dreadful street lighting.[/p][/quote]Actually Ignatius we had a display in January 2005 that was sooooo strong it could be seen in the middel of York ;o) But you are right about York's dreadful street lighting... A more enlightened council (pun intended) would do something about it and save some of our council tax... Martin Dawson
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