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Northern Lights illuminate UK skies

People across the Northern Hemisphere have been enjoying the celestial display of the Aurora Borealis - or Northern Lights.

The phenomenon is caused by eruptions on the surface of the Sun, and this most recent activity has been unexpectedly strong.

People in the north of the United Kingdom have been sending the BBC images of the light show, as they saw it on Tuesday night.

Image copyright Ade Fisher
Image caption Ade Fisher captured this example of the lights in Whitehaven Harbour, Cumbria
Image copyright Barry Hughes
Image caption The lights above Slemish mountain in County Antrim, Northern Ireland turned green for St Patrick's Day
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Image caption Cumbria's skies turned shades of green and purple as a result of the geomagnetic storm, which causes the phenomenon
Image copyright Chris Murray
Image caption The unexpectedly strong geomagnetic storm meant the lights - seen here in Lewis in the Western Isles - spread far and wide
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Image caption Such solar activity can sometimes cause disruption to satellite communications, but there are no such reports of this occurring so far
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Image caption This light show was also captured at Stanage Edge, near Hathersage in the Peak District

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