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Watch stunning video of the Northern Lights illuminating sky on Mother's Day

Timelapse footage show the Aurora Borealis weaving its magic over neighbouring Rochdale - will it be visible tonight?

This video captures a stunning display of the Northern Lights on Mother's Day.

During the amazing timelapse footage, first published by our sister title the Manchester Evening News, the sky glows a gorgeous green and is a display generally seen much further north near the Arctic circle.

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis as they are known, can sometimes be visible in Scotland, however it is rare that the lights can be seen as far south as Huddersfield or Manchester.

And there's a possibility they could be seen tonight on high ground across Kirklees and Calderdale if we get clear skies.

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The light show is formed when electrically charged particles of the atmosphere interact with solar flares from the sun and cause a disturbance in the atmosphere. The more disturbed the atmosphere, the brighter, and further south, the light show can be seen.

Sarah Hall and Colin Campbell made the video after spending the night taking in the fantastic spectacle on Sunday.

The couple live in Shaw and run the http://www.sarahandcolinsastro.co.uk astronomy website.

Colin, 33, said: “We went up to the hills and saw it occur between 8pm and 9pm. We have seen the lights in the sky a few times before but this was definitely one of the best times.

Northern lights over Rochdale

“At first it looked a bit cloudy but then they parted just as we arrived. We had a good hour of seeing the amazing sight before the clouds came back.

“Sarah analyses data she gets from NASA satellites and so she predicted it would happen last night – her knowledge is incredible.

“Despite seeing the Northern Lights a few times before it never fails to amaze. It really is spectacular – and to think that we can see it here in Manchester is wonderful. People spend thousands of pounds to go to Iceland to see them – whereas we are lucky enough just to be able to drive up to the hills near home.”



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