The Lights were visible in the U.K., a rare occurrence

By Alex Heigl
Updated March 18, 2015 10:35 AM
Credit: Universal History Archive/UIG/Getty

The Northern Lights are killing it this week, you guys.

The atmospheric phenomena, caused by eruptions on the surfaces of the sun, have been especially visible this week, including in the U.K.; the lights are usually only visible in Norway and Iceland.

Earlier this week, an explosion of magnetically charged particles called a coronal mass ejection trigged a strong geomagnetic storm, which resulted in the lights’ further reach. In a pleasant coincidence, they showed up in the hue of green, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

The video at the top of this post was taken by Steven Graham in Templeton, Christchurch, New Zealand, on Tuesday. The video below comes from CJ Barr, who shot the time-lapse footage in Penmon Point, North Wales.

And if all this natural majesty wasn’t enough for you, just you wait: There’s going to be a total eclipse of the sun (and our hearts) this Friday. What a time to be alive.