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Saturday, March 1, 2014
Stargazing fans in Norfolk could be in for another Northern Lights spectacle tonight.
Incredible pictures of the aurora borealis which stunned many across the county on Thursday night have been shared across Twitter.
Expert astronomer Mark Thompson, from near Diss, said the natural wonder caused by solar flares from the sun hitting the atmosphere was a “pleasant surprise”.
Mr Thompson, president of the Norwich Astronomical Society, said: “It was incredible. I knew there was going to be some kind of display visible from Scotland and northern England. What I didn’t expect was how far afield the aurora could be seen from. I didn’t expect it would be as significant as it was. This isn’t something you get to see very often in Norfolk.”
He spent two hours in his garden watching the phenomenon, predominantly red because of oxygen, from 8.15pm.
Mr Thompson said the last time he witnessed an impressive aurora borealis in Norfolk was 20 years ago.
He added there was a chance people could see a similar display in the county tonight and over the next few weeks.
The best places to see it would be far south of the county or north of Norwich, away from light pollution.
Professional Sheringham photographer Chris Taylor captured shots of the colourful sky at 2am yesterday morning on Sheringham seafront.
He said: “It was fantastic to see it all with the naked eye. The streaks of colour kept growing out of the blackness. It has been a lifetime’s ambition to see the lights in north Norfolk.”
Cley photographer Brian Egan took pictures of the lights at the windmill in the village between 8.15-9pm on Thursday.
He said: “To have it on your doorstep was fantastic. At 9pm there was a burst of bright red vertical shots. It was quite emotional.”
For updates on Northern Lights sightings follow Mr Thompson on Twitter via @PeoplesAstro.