Northern lights turn skies magenta over Norfolk and Suffolk

Northern Lights seen from Hingham, Norfolk
The Northern Lights could be seen from Hingham, in Norfolk

The Northern Lights have lit up the sky in beautiful hues of red and magenta over the east of England.

Richard Rawling captured shots of the aurora on his phone camera at Hingham, in Norfolk, shortly after 19:00 GMT.

Although he has seen the spectacle in Norway, he said he was "absolutely amazed" to see it from his garden.

The lights are caused by the interaction of the solar wind, a stream of charged particles escaping the Sun and Earth's atmosphere.

Some - like Mr Rawling - who are keen spotters of the spectacle, use an app to alert them to the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights.

"The aurora app indicated it might be visible and I thought we'd take a quick look to the north," he said.

"We've seen the lights in Norway and Finland but seeing the sky lit up red from our back garden was amazing - I could not believe it."

BBC forecaster and Weatherquest meteorologist Dan Holley had earlier posted on X (formerly Twitter) telling followers: "If you have clear skies, look to the north right now. Not even fully dark yet but Aurora clearly visible by eye."

Several took his advice and posted their photographs to the BBC Weather Watchers site.

Northern Lights near Wymondham
Beautiful colours lit up the sky near Wymondham, Norfolk
Brancaster Staithe
Brancaster Staithe also saw an amazing show of lights

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