France treated to rare Northern Lights show

The spectacular Northern Lights are normally only visible in Scandinavia or Canada, but thanks to a solar storm they lit up the night skies in parts of France on Wednesday morning. Here's a selection of images.

France treated to rare Northern Lights show
Northern Lights as seen from eastern France. Photo: Lucas Adler/Twitter

To see the famous Aurora borealis, you would normally have to shell out for a trip to northern Scandinavia, Canada or Alaska.

But on Tuesday night the spectacular light show was visible across France from the Midi Pyrenees in the south west, from the Vendée in the west to the Vosges mountains in the east.

To prove it numerous images were posted on social media on Wednesday morning.

The Northern Lights become visible when charged particles spat out by the sun collide with Earth's magnetic field. But thanks to increased solar activity and clear skies, the celestial light show could be seen over a far wider area of Europe.

The last time the light show were visible from France was in 2004.

Here are some of the best images below:



The image below was taken in the Vosges mountains of eastern France.


And this spectacular photo was also taken in Alsace, eastern France.



This photo of the red night sky was taken in the Pas de Calais region of Northern France.



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