Photographers in the north of the United Kingdom experienced a rare treat on Tuesday night when the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights were visible in clear skies

The celestial display known as the  ‘Northern Lights’ phenomenon is caused by solar eruptions on the surface of the sun. It usually isn’t visible in the UK, however unsuually strong solar activity meant that if you were int eh right place at the right time, some spectacular displays were on show last night.

Photographers naturally set about capturing this rarest of rare phenomena, and Twitter was quickly awash with images of the Lights in action. Here are a few of our favourites:

@CallanishDD

 

@Astro_Matt27

https://twitter.com/Astro_Matt27/status/577964882336829440/

 

@MirrorLessons

https://twitter.com/MirrorLessons/status/577960558374338561/

 

@paulkingstonnnp

https://twitter.com/paulkingstonnnp/status/577962184615047169/

 

@DRWPhotography1

https://twitter.com/DRWPhotography1/status/578131794878459904/

 

@MaggieMacleod

https://twitter.com/MaggieMacleod/status/577995741886586881/

https://twitter.com/MaggieMacleod/status/578175433683918848/

 

@LukeYeo

https://twitter.com/Luke_Yeo/status/578129110305767424/

Get any Aurora shots of your own last night, or indeed any night? Tweet them to us – @AP_Magazine!