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Northern Lights over Dorchester

It seems that gone are the days when you had to travel to the very north of the UK, or Norway or Finland to observe the aurora borealis which is created when energized particles from the sun slam into Earth’s upper atmosphere. But favourable weather conditions coupled with a particularly strong geomagnetic storm overnight on the 10th/11th May resulted in a spectacular display being visible across the UK including right here in Dorset, with a further display possible on 11th/12th May. It’s rare for the Lights to be visible in the south of England.

However, we wonder when the next strong geomagnetic storm of similar strength will take place considering the last one was 21 years ago!

Our reporter Idris Martin took the amazing photos below from the darkness of Hardy’s Monument a few miles south-west of Dorchester.

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