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PHOTOS: Brilliant northern lights display shines over UK, North America

The northern lights dazzled stargazers across parts of the Northern Hemisphere on Sunday night.

Sightings of the aurora borealis were reported on social media through parts of Europe including northern England, Scotland, Norway and Ireland. Viewers in the northern half of the United States, including Maine, Minnesota and New Hampshire, were also able to catch a glimpse of the light show.

A disruption in the sun's magnetic field produced a geomagnetic storm, sending a stream of particles toward the earth that lead to the enhanced aurora. NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center rated this storm a G3 on their scale from G1 (minor) to G5 (extreme).

The aurora borealis is caused when charged particles from the sun hit the Earth's atmosphere, ignite a geomagnetic storm and produce a rainbow of colors.

Skywatchers spotted the northern lights in hues of blue, green, pink and purple across the Northern Hemisphere.

The northern lights provided a stunning sight in Norway. (Facebook Photo/Photography is fun/steve_snoots)

The northern lights glowed in hues of green, blue, pink and purple in Norway. (Facebook Photo/Photography is fun/steve_snoots)