Not thousands of miles away from the reign of Elizabeth II, but a few miles from the border between England and Scotland. Citizens and tourists were able to observe the Northern Lights at these unusual latitudes last Wednesday night. The celestial phenomenon typical of Scandinavia was visible from Great Britain because of the particularly intense solar magnetism.
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Miles away from the light pollution of English cities, Julie Winn, a volunteer at the Kilder Observatory in Northumberland, observed the singular celestial event in its entirety. “Absolutely unbelievable. The brightest of all I have ever seen in my life,” he said. “The colors that prevailed over the rest were pink and dark green,” the volunteer continued.
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What is Northern Lights
The interaction between Earth’s magnetic field and the solar one, particularly intense last Wednesday, is at the core of the phenomenon we call the Northern Lights. The phenomenon of strong magnetism should continue over the next few weeks and therefore it is not ruled out that it is possible to see the Northern Lights again.
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