Big Sky, Bright Lights Constellate a Country

Things were gettin’ funky overhead in the Northern United Kingdom, and everyone and their smart phones stopped to notice.

Seeing the night sky light up in a thousand different colors a la the Northern Lights isn’t something that happens every evening, even in the northern most parts of the UK.
Everyone took note, including avid instagrammers


avid astronomers

Astronomer/Blogger Will Gater managed to snap this photo of the Northern Lights.

Astronomer/Blogger Will Gater managed to snap this photo of the Northern Lights.

 

avid photographers

Photographer Mark Hume traveled great distances and fared the bitter cold for weeks, only to have his best work come from his very own backyard in Blyth.

Photographer Mark Hume traveled great distances and fared the bitter cold for weeks, only to have his best work come from his very own backyard in Blyth.

 

and avid journalists.

What is more or less as amazing as the lights themselves is the deep, interconnected web that the lights brought together across the UK. Astronomers gave the web an early warning that some crazy cool stuff  was about to go down overhead, and why.

Photographers, as well as iPhone users were then all set up to capture this phenomenon. These photos fueled thousands of news articles and blog posts (including the one you are reading at this moment). The very nature of the Northern Lights fed into this mass aggregation practices. Since they vary so much, each and every photo has something different to show.

Its almost as if the Northern Lights were made for this digital age… although solar flares have likely been going on since the sun was born, so maybe not. But perhaps their trek down the British countryside is their way of taking advantage of their hay day.

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