Northern lights put on a stunning show in the UK

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LONDON — Sky gazers from across the UK are posting photos they snapped Wednesday night during a breathtaking display of the northern lights, otherwise known as the aurora borealis.

The spectacle is caused by charged solar particles interacting with the Earth's magnetic field and is usually only visible in the UK from the far north of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

However, the Earth is currently being slammed by fast-particles shot out by the sun and that means the northern lights were visible further south, in Devon for example, despite the haze.

Usually, the northern lights stay pretty close to the poles, but during a solar storm — also known as a geomagnetic storm — the lights can be visible in lower latitudes due to the way the storm perturbs Earth's magnetic field.

Here are some of the most stunning pictures taken by aurora watchers in the UK:

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Northern lights in the UK
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Northern lights in the UK
Largest coronal hole so far this solar cycle means a chance to see the #aurora this week. Clear spells for E Scot a… https://t.co/HxG4mqHhcM
The northern lights WERE visible from #Dartmoor - albeit through mist @itvwestcountry @BBCSpotlight @PlymouthHerald https://t.co/jciMP0Rh86
Lucky enough to get a break in the clouds earlier for a glimpse of the #aurora from the North Yorks/Durham border… https://t.co/ZA4LH4p33W
A couple more of the #Aurora lighting up the night sky from #cairngormmountain #scotland #auroraborealis… https://t.co/DHOVAJj2AI
Photo - A slight hint of Aurora seen from Cley beach last night before the clouds rolled in @EDP24 @aurorawatchuk… https://t.co/7VY2AeSsVD
Well the wait was worth it to see a spectacular show of the #northernlights from @CairngormMtn #aurora #scotland https://t.co/EJpEMEfrjD
Northern Lights in northern Scotland, October 26, 2016 https://t.co/jw4bzBhedh
Largest coronal hole so far this solar cycle means a chance to see the #aurora this week. Clear spells for E Scot a… https://t.co/HxG4mqHhcM
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