PICTURES: Northern lights spotted over Merseyside

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Northern lights over Liverpool – CREDIT: Carl Ryan

The Northern Lights appeared over Merseyside skies last night.

A huge explosion called Coronal Mass Ejection left the sun on Sunday and arrived at Earth in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Since then, the Earth’s magnetic field has become more disturbed leading to the aurora being visible in those parts of the globe currently in darkness.

The Aurora Borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights, is a natural light display caused by charged particles colliding in the Earth’s atmosphere and is usually seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemisphere.

Unfortunately due to the positioning of where we live and light pollution, the intensity is diluted so its rare to photograph or witness on Merseyside.

But, some of you managed to seek out the darkest places on Merseyside to grab these amazing pictures.

Check out our gallery below of some of the best pictures you sent in:

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(this is how it looked from the International Space Station)

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