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Aurora Borealis

PHOTOS: Northern Lights visible over Ireland in stunning display

The aurora borealis was exceptionally clear in some areas.

LAST UPDATE | 11 May

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.

If you want to share your images for publication, please email them to pictures@thejournal.ie with your name and location.

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. 

Wexford

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image1 (1) David Connaire David Connaire

Westmeath 

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Louth

frank 1 Frank Milling Frank Milling

frank 2 Frank Milling Frank Milling

Sligo

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pauline 2 Pauline Timmons Pauline Timmons

Kerry

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Mayo

unnamed (7) Gerard Moran Gerard Moran

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Wicklow

jenn2 Jenn Barrett Jenn Barrett

jenn2 Jenn Barrett Jenn Barrett

Dublin

IMG_5764 Lauren Boland Lauren Boland

IMG_4927 Christine Bohan Christine Bohan

IMG_8784 Susan Daly Susan Daly

image1 Darren Martin Darren Martin

IMG_6102 Colin McElarney Colin McElarney

Kilkenny

IMG_7663 Helena Harnett Helena Harnett

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