Northern lights clearly visible above the Netherlands: ‘Relatively rare’

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Northern lights seen from the Frisian village of Moddergat
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A special phenomenon last night: the northern lights could be seen in various places in the Netherlands. In Drenthe, Groningen, Gelderland and Friesland, among others, enthusiasts could catch a glimpse of the aurora.

That is relatively rare, weather woman Harma Boer previously told RTV Noord. “The best chance to see the northern lights is mainly at high latitudes, but sometimes you can also observe it in the Netherlands,” said the weather woman.

These are images of the phenomenon:

Northern lights seen in the Netherlands

On Twitter, several people from all over the country are sharing photos and videos of the Northern Lights:

The northern lights or polar lights are caused by outbursts on the sun. This releases large quantities of charged particles into space. Due to the gravitational pull of the earth, these particles are mainly drawn to the north and south poles, because the earth’s magnetic field is strongest there.

The charged particles pass through the atmosphere at high speed and collide with each other. This releases energy, resulting in the special colors in the sky. The natural phenomenon is most vivid in the polar regions, but can also be seen with the naked eye for a few days each year in the Netherlands.

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