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Aurora Borealis: Northern Lights visible in Channel Islands due to solar storm

Image: Deputy Lyndon Farnham / X

The skies over the Channel Islands were lit up in the bright pink and green of the Northern Lights due to a severe solar storm.

Channel Islanders who stayed up late last night were able to catch a rare glimpse of a spectacular sky show, the Aurora Borealis.

The phenomenon, which is usually only visible from the most northern parts of the British Isles, is caused by charged particles traveling millions of miles and colliding with gases in the Earth's atmosphere.

Some islanders who saw the Aurora Borealis shared their photos on social media, including Jersey's Chief Minister, Deputy Lyndon Farnham:

Others described the sight as 'magical' and 'a dream come true' to be able to see the Northern Lights at the most southerly point in the British Isles:

Forecasters say there may be another opportunity to catch a glimpse of the lights on Saturday night.

Take a look at our gallery of some of your photos:

 

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