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Northern Lights: Aurora Borealis watchers witness spectacular show over Donegal last night

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Picture Credit: Adam Porter’s picture is on sale from the Inishowen Art Gallery

Picture Credit: Adam Porter’s picture is on sale from the Inishowen Art Gallery

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Picture Credit: Adam Porter’s picture is on sale from the Inishowen Art Gallery

THE Northern Lights, officially the Aurora Borealis, were clearly visible over Donegal in clear skies last night.

Local photographers were out in force to capture spectacular images of the phenomenon.



The Donegal Democrat reported today that having been given a heads up by the Donegal Weather Channel many people witnessed the sight. Clear skies made the view all the more dramatic.



This time lapse video was made at Horn Head, Co Donegal and posted on YouTube today.



The Aurora Borealis has transformed the Donegal skies on a number of occasions this year.



Auroras occur when ionised particles from the sun hit the earth’s atmosphere and react with the gases, in this case oxygen which gives off the red and green colours.



They occur at extreme latitudes because the ions are attracted towards the magnetic poles.