Stunning footage captures Northern Lights in the skies above Northumberland

A Northumberland astronomer has captured some incredible images of the Northern Lights flickering above Hadrian's Wall.

Thursday, 3rd October 2019, 9:55 am
Updated Sunday, 6th October 2019, 12:47 pm

Adam Shore had been monitoring the sun's activity and knew that conditions were just right for a spectacular free light show. He travelled to Hadrian's Wall, just outside his hometown of Hexham and sat in the dark waiting for Aurora Borealis to appear.

The 24 year-old soon saw what he was looking for, which was a faint glow over Northumberland National Park. So he got out his camera and captured some amazing photographs and video footage.

Adam said: "With the naked eye it just looks like a faint flow. But the camera's lens is much more sensitive and it can capture the colours and shapes.

Astronomer Adam Shore captured this image of the Northern Lights.

"You can predict when it will happen between two and three days accuracy, it was great to witness.

"I chose a spot that was incredibly dark so that it would be easier to see the lights."

Sadly the Northern Lights are not expected to appear in the coming days, although it is difficult to predict their appearance with great accuracy.

Anyone wishing to see them is advised to look from a spot as far away from light pollution as possible, although a full moon would not affect the “performance”. This makes the secluded, rural parts of Northumberland ideal for viewing one of nature’s greatest spectacles.

Astronomer Adam Shore captured this image of the Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights are expected to appear less frequently over the next 10 years. So it’s best to take the opportunity to view them when you can.