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Aurora Borealis

PHOTOS: Northern Lights visible over Ireland in stunning display

The aurora borealis was exceptionally clear in some areas.


THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, also known as aurora borealis, were visible over Ireland last night in a stunning display.

Skygazers across the country revelled in the lights which were exceptionally clear in some areas.

Met Éireann forecaster Andrew Doran Sherlock yesterday said that those in northern and western counties, including Donegal, Sligo, and Mayo, were most likely to witness the phenomenon – but people saw them across the country.

Aurora borealis occurs as a result of charged particles from the sun launched along Earth’s magnetic field colliding with gases in Earth’s upper atmosphere.

The colour of the lights depends on the type of gas particles colliding.

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We’ve a round-up of some incredible photos below.

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If you didn’t see the lights last night, there is another chance to see them tonight depending on how clear the sky is later. 


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