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7 stunning images as aurora borealis light up U.K. sky

The northern lights seen from a garden in Cumbria, Britain on Feb. 27, 2014.
The northern lights seen from a garden in Cumbria, Britain on Feb. 27, 2014. Tom Hughes/AP Photo

Residents in many regions in the U.K. were treated to a spectacular view of the northern lights on Thursday night.

Also known as the aurora borealis, the northern lights is a fantastical natural light display with fast moving light effects caused by particles charged by the sun colliding with particles in Earth’s upper atmosphere.

Parts of Canada and the United States were also expected to be treated to the beautiful display.

Have a look below at some of the incredible images of the northern lights after they lit up the sky in many parts of the United Kingdom:

The northern lights are as seen from the  coastline in Ayr, Scotland on Feb. 28, 2014.
The northern lights are as seen from the  coastline in Ayr, Scotland on Feb. 28, 2014. Kirk Norbury/AP Photo
In this photo taken late Thursday Feb. 27, 2014, the  aurora borealis, or northern lights, illuminate the night sky at Embleton Bay in Northumberland, England on Feb. 27, 2014.
In this photo taken late Thursday Feb. 27, 2014, the  aurora borealis, or northern lights, illuminate the night sky at Embleton Bay in Northumberland, England on Feb. 27, 2014. AP Photo / Tom White, PA
The aurora borealis is visible over the Victorian Pier in Saltburn by the Sea in Cleveland, England on Feb. 27, 2014.
The aurora borealis is visible over the Victorian Pier in Saltburn by the Sea in Cleveland, England on Feb. 27, 2014. Ian Forsyth/AP Photo
The northern lights are visible over Carrbridge, Scotland on Feb. 27, 2014.
The northern lights are visible over Carrbridge, Scotland on Feb. 27, 2014. Mark Hamblin/AP Photo
The northern lights are visible over Carrbridge, Scotland on Feb. 27, 2014.
The northern lights are visible over Carrbridge, Scotland on Feb. 27, 2014. Mark Hamblin/AP Photo
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In this photo taken late Thursday Feb. 27, 2014, A man poses standing on a rock looking at the aurora borealis, or northern lights, illuminating the night sky at Embleton Bay in Northumberland, England, Thursday Feb. 27, 2014. File/Tom White/AP Photo
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