Northern Lights ‘best of sights’ visible from East Lancashire

Chorley Citizen: LIGHTS The scene captured by Nikki LIGHTS The scene captured by Nikki

THIS stunning photograph captures the moment the Northern Lights were visible from East Lancashire.

Amateur photographer Nikki Haden caught the lights, also known as the aurora borealis, from a vantage point at the Singing Ringing Tree, off Burnley’s Crown Point Road.

It is the third time this year that Nikki, from Crawshawbooth, has spotted the glorious glow – but she said this was the best sighting yet.

Nikki, 43, took up photography last year after an accident left her wheelchair-bound. She said: “It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. We just took a chance with the location, but it turned out brilliantly.”

She took the picture at 1.45am on Tuesday.

Huncoat weather expert Roy Chetham said: “It occurs when energy particles from the sun interact with atoms in the upper atmosphere. When the activity in the magnetic field is so intense, the storms may extend towards the earth’s surface and we can see the glow. It requires a great deal of clear air to be visible this far south.”

Nikki and friend Ruth Mashiter, 29, camped at the viewpoint overnight.

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9:59am Fri 12 Oct 12

Steve Suttie says...

brilliant picture! Well worth the camp out Nikki! Well done :-D
brilliant picture! Well worth the camp out Nikki! Well done :-D Steve Suttie

10:06am Fri 12 Oct 12

Black Car Guy. says...

Wow amazing picture.
Wow amazing picture. Black Car Guy.

2:25pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Major Tom says...

I'd like to see this but some of us have to be in bed to get up for work in a morning. I wish I could stand on an hill in the dead of night taking photos of lights and other things.
I'd like to see this but some of us have to be in bed to get up for work in a morning. I wish I could stand on an hill in the dead of night taking photos of lights and other things. Major Tom

3:05pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Joseph O'M says...

Wow!
Wow! Joseph O'M

3:09pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Joseph O'M says...

Major Tom wrote:
I'd like to see this but some of us have to be in bed to get up for work in a morning. I wish I could stand on an hill in the dead of night taking photos of lights and other things.
It's probably worth waiting up for and being that little bit more tired at work the day after. I just wish it had been publicised a bit more in advance - astronomers knew it would be visible over the UK. If I'd known I would have happily trekked to a hill and lost a bit of sleep. Well done Nikki!
[quote][p][bold]Major Tom[/bold] wrote: I'd like to see this but some of us have to be in bed to get up for work in a morning. I wish I could stand on an hill in the dead of night taking photos of lights and other things.[/p][/quote]It's probably worth waiting up for and being that little bit more tired at work the day after. I just wish it had been publicised a bit more in advance - astronomers knew it would be visible over the UK. If I'd known I would have happily trekked to a hill and lost a bit of sleep. Well done Nikki! Joseph O'M

2:30am Sat 13 Oct 12

Nikki H says...

Thanks guys,it was well worth the lack of sleep :)
Thanks guys,it was well worth the lack of sleep :) Nikki H

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