PICS: Stunning Northern Lights Sightings Around Ireland Marking Winter Solstice
If you've always dreamed of seeing the Northern Lights, as Dorothy says in The Wizard of Oz, "There's no place like home."
Folks living on the Irish coast, from the Aran Island of Inis Oírr all the way down to Waterford and some parts of the East, could be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis from their own back gardens, courtesy of the Winter Solstice.
Astronomy Ireland issued an alert late last week, which materialised on Sunday evening.
Speaking to The Times, David Moore of Astronomy Ireland confirmed: “We had reports from Waterford, Cork, Kerry, the west coast and Donegal and I photographed them here in Dublin.
“The earth’s magnetic field turned southwards for a 24-hour period, sucking all the radiation from a solar storm into the north and south poles.”
Winter Solstice is here-shortest day of year - aurora borealis over Newgrange, Boyne Valley Ireland pic.twitter.com/cjKxlkVHoY
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