Northern Lights captured across the North East and Cumbria

The Northern Lights have been giving spectacular displays over the skies of the North East and Cumbria.

Also known as the Aurora Borealis, the phenomenon is caused by electrically-charged particles from the sun entering the earth's atmosphere.

Increased solar activity meant that thousands of people in the northern hemisphere caught a glimpse of the coloured lights in the early hours.

People have been contacting the BBC with their photographs of the display.

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Image caption The Northern Lights created beautiful scenes at Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland
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Image caption Jacqui Mair said it was "well worth waiting for the cloud to clear" to capture this image in Slaley, Northumberland
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Image caption This scene captured at Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District shows Blencathra and Skiddaw mountains in the distance
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Image caption The lights over Derwent water near Keswick
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Image caption Graeme Bowser sent us this photo of Steel Rigg car park at Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland
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Image caption Nigel Eve took this shot near Grindon Lough, Bardon Mill, Northumberland

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