Spectacular Northern Lights display seen across UK after ‘cannibal’ solar storm

Brits from Scotland to Devon were treated to an incredible glimpse at the Northern Lights last night after a solar storm created the spectacular light show.

Known as aurora borealis, the Northern Lights are rarely spotted in any part of the UK.

High-latitude areas particularly toward the Arctic Circle are usually the only places where the Northern Lights can be seen.

But last night was a different story when even Devon residents stepped outside to snap the beautiful cosmological phenomenon.

That was all because of a G2-class geomagnetic storm, which produced an amazing coronal mass ejection high above the Earth.

The Nasa Solar and Heliospheric Observatory Twitter account predicted the storm could produce an auroral splay, bringing the Northern Lights as far south as Scotland and Northern Ireland.

They wrote: "Yet another spectacular halo CME [coronal mass ejection] directed towards Earth.

"Let's hope that this one will produce more impressive aurorae than the Halloween storm."

But no one could have predicted the scale of the eye-catching display.

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CMEs contain tangled magnetic fields and compressed plasmas which are good at creating geomagnetic storms.

A similar coronal mass ejection on Halloween night promised a spectacular light show that didn’t materialise, leaving Brits disappointed.

What was touted as Northern Lights "as far south as Suffolk" didn't materialise and Brits were left waiting for the next light show.

Last night we got it and then some.

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The Met Office had reported the CME left the Sun on November 2 and would reach Earth on Wednesday evening, giving Brits plenty of time to prepare for the once-in-a-generation show.

And we were not disappointed, with the insane interstellar event glimpsed by chuffed people in all four corners of the country.

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