Harrogate stargazers capture spectacular Northern Lights display

Stargazers in Harrogate were treated to a spectacular display of Aurora Borealis last night.

Monday, 7th March 2016, 10:39 am
Updated Monday, 7th March 2016, 1:01 pm
Northern Lights in North Rigton - photo by Arabella Smith

The colourful phenomenon, also known as the Northern Lights, was visible in Scotland, Northern Ireland as well as down south in Anglesey and Oxfordshire.

Harrogate was also treated to the lights and residents across the district spent the night, and early parts of this morning, ready to capture the show.

Scott Kirk-Matthewson was one resident who decided to photograph the display from the A59 at Kex Gill to produce a stunning image.

Aurora Borealis at Kex Gill - image supplied by Scott Kirk-Matthewson

He said: "I up to the area behind Blubberhouses Quarry as I needed to get away from the light pollution of town.

"I knew that I'd need a quiet area so as to not have any cars around. The lights were not visible to the naked eye except as a faint light smudge on the cloud."

Arabella Smith also captured a breathtaking image of the Northern Lights display in North Rigton while Hannah Margerison took her photo over Harrogate.

Tristan Campbell took his picture over Harrogate and tweeted: "Strong aurora over #harrogate tonight."

Hannah Margerison's Northern Lights photo over Harrogate (s)

Aurora Borealis occurs when electrically-charged particles from the Sun enter the Earth's atmosphere. Sighting of the lights were reported for several hours from about 8pm on Sunday, March 6.

Tristan Campbell's photo of the Northern Lights (s)
Aurora Borealis at Kex Gill - image supplied by Scott Kirk-Matthewson
Hannah Margerison's Northern Lights photo over Harrogate (s)
Tristan Campbell's photo of the Northern Lights (s)