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.
A lighthouse in South Shields, U.K., creates a picturesque backdrop for the Aurora Borealis on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (Photo/David West)
Streaks of orange and yellow brighten the skies of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, as the Northern Lights make an appearance on Feb. 27, 2014. (Photo/James Youngson)
Residents experience quite the view, as the Northern Lights brought bursts of green and red light to the skies above Uttoxeter, North Staffordshire, U.K., late Thursday night, Feb. 27, 2014. (Twitter Photo/@RichardH082)
Glowing pink skies catch the eyes of many throughout Corbridge, Northumberland, U.K., as the Aurora Borealis make their 2014 debut in the area. (Photo/John Logan Photography)
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