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    Posted February 28, 2014 by
    JohnLogan897
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    Corbridge, United Kingdom
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    Your views of space and stars

    Aurora Borealis over Corbridge, Northumberland

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JohnLogan897 photographed a spectacularly rare sighting of the northern lights over Northumberland, United Kingdom, on the evening of February 28. 'The sun had set about three hours earlier so all of the light in the photo is from the aurora,' he explained. 'I was quite lucky that I caught it at just the right time as there was only a ten minutes window when the aurora was really active.'
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    I have lived in the North East of England for 23 years and I have never seen even a hint of the Northern Lights…until last night. I saw reports on Twitter of sightings as far south as Norfolk so at around 9pm I decided to climb the hill outside my house which overlooked the village to see if I could spot them for myself. I was greeted with a barely visible faint green glow on the horizon. I set my camera up for a long exposure and to my surprise this is what I got: The village in the photos is Corbridge.

     

    Unfortunately I had given my sister my tripod to borrow for a trip of hers (typical), so I had to make do with a wall and the roof of my car.

     

    The Aurora kept getting stronger and stronger. It was now easily visible with the naked eye. All of the shots were taken at 30secs, f/4, ISO 1600.
    Some red streaks started to show themselves. These are glowing particles higher in the atmosphere and are much rarer than the green glow.
    I couldn’t resist a quick selfie.

     

    There was a period of about 10 minutes when the sky was unbelievable. The sky just went crazy with red and green colours illuminating the whole of the northern sky. It got better and better.

     

    It was an amazing sight and I got extremely lucky to be there when the Aurora was at its peak. It is probably a sight I won’t get to see again around these parts so I’m glad I was able to grab a few shots.

     

    The last 24 hours have been pretty crazy. I uploaded a few of my photos on twitter and one of them was retweeted by comedian Dara O'briain and it just took off. I then posted a different image on Reddit and that shot to the number 1 spot on the site. I wrote a blog which included all of my images and that received 50,000 hits within the space of only a few hours.

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