I’ve observed and photographed the Northern Lights in Iceland twice, in 2011 and 2023, but the colours and intensity were nothing compared with the light show the whole of the UK was treated to on Friday 10th May 2024.

The coloured lights result from charged particles colliding with gases in the Earth’s atmosphere around the magnetic poles, but are normally limited to latitudes between 60 and 75 degrees. The extreme solar activity of the previous days brought the lights much further south.

My Northern Lights photographs

I live on the Isle of Wight in Southern England, at a latitude of 50.6 degrees north. I took these photos of the Northern Lights from my back garden using a Nikon D7500 DSLR and my Samyang 14mm F/2.8 lens.