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Solar storm showers the UK with Northern Lights

The Northern Lights were seen in the UK last night, with keen photographers snapping some beautiful shots of the Aurora Borealis.
Following the most powerful solar flare in a decade, electromagnetic particles bombarding the planet produced the stunning wavy glow in skies around the nation.
Alerts sent out by AuroraWatch UK, based at Lancaster University's department of physics, sent amateur photographers scurrying for their cameras when it sent a red alert after an enormous spike in geomagnetic activity in the early hours.
Solar storm showers the UK with Northern Lights

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Geomagnetic activity spiked in the early hours. Pic: AuroraWatch UK
:: Before we get to the pictures, some nerdy stuff...As all keen followers of space weather will know, there were of course two large coronal mass ejections (solar flares) recently.The first took place on 4 September and was ranked as an M4-class flare, while the largest in a decade, the X9-class flare, occurred on 6 September. So which flare produced the stunning Aurora Borealis?
It seems that both were responsible in a way, with the earlier flare clearing the way for the latter.This meant that the X9-class flare was subsequently able to catch up with its smaller brother, enhancing the solar wind and creating the conditions for the Northern Lights.:: Those pictures
The aurora over Edinburgh. Pic: Jean-Loup Rebours-Smith
The Northern Lights as seen in Newtongrange in Midlothian. Pic: Fiona Horne
The Northern Lights as seen in Newtongrange in Midlothian. Pic: Fiona Horne
The lights seen from Berwick upon Tweed. Pic: Danny Spring
The Northern Lights as seen in Newtongrange in Midlothian. Pic: Fiona Horne
The Northern Lights seen from Portobello Beach in Edinburgh. Pic: Created Eye Photos
The aurora borealis above the Firth of Forth, Pic: Gavin Roberts
The aurora borealis above the three bridges of the Firth of Forth, Pic: Paul Barolos
Northern Lights seen over Edinburgh. Pic: Mike Walters
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According to AuroraWatch UK, it is possible that the X9-class flare will deliver another aurora display tonight.Photographers can track the likelihood of the Northern Lights being visible on the AuroraWatch UK website.
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