Britain's skies were lit up red and green last night as a spectacular display of the Northern Lights illuminated parts of the country.
Stargazers in Norfolk, Essex and South Wales were treated to a stunning display of the Aurora Borealis.
Pictures show a red and green sky littered with stars caused by the collision of electronically charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere.
The Northern Lights display at Inverkirkaig, near Lochinver in Sutherlandshire, Scotland. The display lasted for two hours before clouds came over to obscure them
The stars are caused by the collision of electronically charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere
People watch the Northern Lights, dance over St. Mary's Lighthouse in Whitely Bay just outside Newcastle
The lighthouse appears to light up as a collision of particles from the sun enter the earth's atmosphere
The Northern lights at St Mary's lighthouse, Whitley Bay. This display lasted over an hour and was one of the most vibrant seen this far south in the UK
The aurora borealis, or the northern lights as they are commonly known, at St. Mary's Lighthouse and Visitor Centre, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside
Such light displays in the sky often occur in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, but they were visible in North Tyneside
Mark Thompson told the BBC: 'The electronically charged particles take two or three days to get here' Above, the Northern Lights at Sycamore Gap, Hadrian's Wall
He added: 'When they do get here they cause the gas atoms in the sky to glow. It is as simple as that'
The Aurora Borealis or as most people know them as the Northern Lights, is giving spectacular displays, lighting up the skies over the UK under clear skies
The skies were lit up red and green last night as a spectacular display of the Northern Lights illuminated parts of the country