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Northern Lights fantastic over Cumbria

Skywatchers have had a spectacular view of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights over Cumbria. The phenomenon is normally seen in countries close to the Arctic Circle, but unusual solar activity caused it to move further south. The distinctive green and purple glow could be seen above Keswick and Derwentwater, Whitehaven, Shap, the Eden Valley and across the Solway Firth. Photographer Paul Kingston from North News took beautiful photographs at Derwentwater. He said: “It looked as though moving beams of light from the headlights of cars were being projected against the sky. They were white and green, and visible to the naked eye. I knew it was the Northern Lights as I'd heard a solar flare had hit the atmosphere in the morning, but I didn’t think it would still be going at night. I took pictures on a long exposure and the colours were very vivid.” Amateur photographer Adrian Strand captured the glow over Whitehaven harbour: “I must have been lucky to get the break of cloud in the sky for a very short time.”

You can buy prints of the Northern Lights by going to this web address: www.2daymedia.com/fotoweb/keswickprints.asp Prints are available in 12in x 9in (£25) or 16in x 12in (£30). Digital images can also be purchased for personal use only for £35. (Please note due to the wide landscape shape of the photo the image depth of the print will be slightly less than the depth of the photographic paper)