0:00 AMNorthern Lights come to Yorkshire
|My Girlfriends Mum went on a trip recently aboard a ship across the Norwegian Fjords. It was to relax with her husband, taking in the scenery and to see those amazing northern lights. They really enjoyed the trip and after seeing the photographs it certainly looked a fantastic experience.|
Role on these last few evenings. Suddenly the Aurora Borealis comes further down north and illuminates Yorkshire. Now at this point I have to say that unfortunately I have not witnessed this enigmatic sight myself. It is rare to see the charged particles in the area I live. The solar wind is usually at the North and South poles and contained within a circular pattern. The Nasa website is perfect for finding out the details of this incredible effect.
The basis of the phenomenon is that the Sun kicks out an incredibly powerful force once in a while called a coronal mass ejection. It travels at thousands of miles an hour and if one faces the Earth it will take 3 or 4 days to arrive in our atmosphere. The image below shows a coronal loop with the Earth included for scale. You can see how much extreme power of our nearest stars plasma and magnetic fields!
You can see some of the great recent photographs from the UK in my science photo album
Here is a selection of my favourites.
Here we see the colours of those powerful solar winds over Brimham near Harrogate
This amazing image shows the charged particles over the war memorial at Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
The Northern Lights were also seen in Northern Ireland
Martina Gardiner was at Dunluce Castle in County Antrim and captured this colourful image
Boulmer in Northumberland was lucky enough to see this display
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