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aurora dancing

By Jos Weale


These stunning pictures show the moment a beautiful aurora ‘danced’ over iconic historical site Hadrian’s Wall.

The natural light display was captured in all its glory by Kath Pigdon, as she took a specially planned walk with a friend to try and snap the beautiful phenomenon on Friday (April 21).

PIC BY KATH PIGDON/MERCURY PRESS

Deputy head teacher Kath, 39, said she was dazzled as ‘shards’ – visible beams of light – jumped across the skyline at the old Roman Wall at Steel Rigg and Sycamore Gap, Northumberland.

And she even managed to catch an impressive shot of her own silhouette set against the stunning purple and green starry sky.

PIC BY KATH PIGDON/MERCURY PRESS

Kath from Eden Valley, Cumbria, said: “It was really clear, and there were shards too.

“I’ve seen auroras before, but I’ve never seen shards dance like that before. It was beautiful.

PIC BY KATH PIGDON/MERCURY PRESS

“You can’t see all of the colours with the naked eye apart from the pale green glow, as if someone was shining a torch, but the camera picks it all up.

“You can see it at its peak in the shot of Sycamore Gap, with the tree set against it.

“It was worth staying out late for. I managed to catch myself against the sky too by using the timer on the camera.”

PIC BY KATH PIGDON/MERCURY PRESS

Kath, who says she is always on the lookout for aurora announcements on social media, spent the day out walking with a friend along Hadrian’s Wall before the show began at around 11pm.

PIC BY KATH PIGDON/MERCURY PRESS

And though she says auroras are quite a common sight in the region at this time of year, the married mum of two was blown away at how clear the shards were.

Kath said: “I always get excited about it when I see it.

“We could see the glow as soon as we started walking in the evening and started to take our pictures.

PIC BY KATH PIGDON/MERCURY PRESS

“We often see them over the village where we live at this time of year, but I hadn’t seen one this clear before.”

And the happy snapper, who shares many of her pictures on social media, says she dreams of capturing the phenomenon abroad to celebrate her 40th birthday.

PIC BY KATH PIGDON/MERCURY PRESS

Kath said: “With a certain birthday coming up, I would love to go to the Arctic Circle and see the Northern Lights around there.

“I think that would be a great way to celebrate.”