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
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.