THE Northern Lights illuminated the skies above the Bradford district. 

Telegraph & Argus Camera Club members captured these stunning photographs. 

The Met Office said the lights were “observed across Scotland, clearly visible from Shetland webcams, and sightings reported across some central and eastern parts of England”.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Nigel Leach captured this image at Keighley GateNigel Leach captured this image at Keighley Gate (Image: T&A Camera Club)

Professor Don Pollacco, department of physics at the University of Warwick, said the phenomenon was caused by “the interaction of particles coming from the sun, the solar wind, with the Earth’s atmosphere – channelled to the polar regions by the Earth’s magnetic field.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Neil Pennington captured this stunning photograph in SilsdenNeil Pennington captured this stunning photograph in Silsden (Image: T&A Camera Club)

“It’s actually a bit like iron filings and the field of a bar magnetic.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Julie Wilkinson took this photograph in IlkleyJulie Wilkinson took this photograph in Ilkley (Image: T&A Camera Club)

“The solar wind contains more particles when there are sun spots, as these are regions on the sun’s surface where the magnetic field is interacting with the plasma in the sun, and the particles can be released.

“Once the particles are channelled into the Earth’s atmosphere they interact with molecules and have distinctive colours (eg oxygen molecules produce green light, nitrogen red light etc) and patterns such as light emissions that look like curtains or spotlights.

“These shapes change quickly over timescales of minutes/seconds.”

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