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PHOTOS: Skies Aglow Amid Northern Lights in UK

The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, made a surprise visit to parts of the United Kingdom late Thursday night, Feb. 27, 2014.

Somewhat uncommon for the region, as the strongest events usually present themselves over England and Wales, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Randy Adkins, this was this light show was the result of a solar flare that erupted on Feb. 25, 2014.

Regardless of the reasoning behind the phenomena, skies were illuminated with shades of green, pink, yellow, orange, red and purple late Thursday night, putting on a breathtaking show for viewers as far south as Essex.

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