North-East based photographer Nicholas Gray captured this stunning image of the Northern Lights from Newbiggin by the Sea on the North-East coast last night (Sunday Jan 22nd).
It’s extremely rare for the Northern Lights, known as Aurora Borealis, to be visible to parts of England and Scotland, but I’m delighted that some savvy photographers got some historic snaps of an historic event!
The Guardian explains the science behind the phenomenon:
This glow is caused by high-energy electrons colliding with oxygen atoms and nitrogen molecules. The basic process is the same as that of a neon sign, which involves a vacuum and a high voltage electrical discharge.
The electric power is generated by a combination of the solar wind, a hot ionized gas blowing out from the sun, and the Earth’s magnetic field. This produces more than 1,000 times the electrical power of the world’s largest power plant.
You can check out Nicholas on Twitter here and tell him how much you like the photo!
(Image copyright © of Nicholas Gray)