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Northern Lights visible in East Staffordshire

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

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THIS lovely picture, taken in Winshill, shows the Northern Lights in all their glory, on one of the rare occasions the phenomenon was visible in the UK.

The green and pink glow of the Aurora Borealis lit up the skies across the UK on Thursday evening, though they were more visible in areas where there was less light pollution.

This photograph, sent to the Mail by Samantha Taylor-Norcup, via Facebook, was taken looking in the direction of Derby.

The natural phenomenon, which is normally only visible in very northerly parts of the world, such as Norway and Finland, is a light display caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere.

There have been reports of sightings in Wales, East Anglia – and even Uttoxeter.

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