Northern Lights paint gorgeous picture in Ulster skies

Stargazers were treated to a dazzling display of the Northern Lights over the weekend.

Monday, 7th March 2016, 11:25 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 9:51 am
Kathleen Millar caught the shot above at the Giants Causeway (@kmmillar2000 via Twitter)

The aurora borealis was visible across Northern Ireland as skies cleared yesterday evening, painting the night sky with shades of green, purple and blue.

The ethereal spectacle is caused by charged solar particles interacting with the Earth’s magnetic field.

Kathleen Millar caught the shot above at the Giant’s Causeway.

Met Office space weather adviser Amanda Townsend said.“Once in a while the solar winds are enhanced to levels stronger than normal, with particles at higher speeds, and on this occasion it has connected really well with the Earth’s magnetic field,” she added.

In addition to the cosmic weather being just right, conditions closer to the ground favoured those who ventured out into the cold March night.