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Pictures of the Northern Lights from Leek in the Staffordshire Moorlands

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Picture by Angie Walters

  • Picture by Angie Walters

  • Picture by Angie Walters

  • Picture by Angie Walters

  • One of the photographs taken by reader Angie Walters.

  • Picture by Angie Walters

  • Picture by Angie Walters

  • Picture by Angie Walters

  • Picture by Angie Walters

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Skywatchers in the Staffordshire Moorlands had a real treat on Thursday night when the Northern Lights could be seen from parts of the area.

The natural phenomenon, which is caused by particle collisions in the Earth's atmosphere, is normally only seen as far south as northern Scotland.

Leek resident Angie Walters has shared her pictures with the Post & Times.

Angie heard about the possible sightings of the lights through the social networking site Facebook.

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She said: "I got the heads up on facebook about 7.50pm when someone mentioned there were sightings in Norfolk.

"So I got my camera and scooted off to Morridge, near Thorncliffe, just outside of Leek. I was there between 8pm and 10pm.

"It was very strange because the only colour I could see was the red.

"It's a lot to do with camera settings to pick up the full extent of what's actually going on. You have to open up the aperture, increase the ISO and set the camera for so many seconds."

Angie, who admitted she is a bit obsessed with the Northern Lights, added: "It is amazing to witness the greatest natural light show on earth.

"This wasn't my first time as I have travelled to Norway three times and Iceland twice 'chasing the lights'. It was only at the end of January to the beginning of February when I was last in Norway.

"So I have essentially had a double whammy of them this year. It was such an immense feeling though when it's on your doorstep." TO SEE a slide show of the photographs Angie took last Thursday of the Northern Lights, go online to www.leek-news.co.uk/Northern-Lights-seen-Staffordshire-Moorlands/story-20728183-detail/story.html

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