Cloudy skies have not stopped Worcestershire’s star-gazers from capturing stunning pictures of the Aurora Borealis.

The past couple of nights have offered a rare opportunity to see the Northern Lights from the county.

And despite some cloudy weather, those who took a late stroll over the Malvern Hills were rewarded with some spectacular sights.

Malvern Gazette: Those who visited the hills late last night were rewardedThose who visited the hills late last night were rewarded (Image: Joe Lockwood)

The Met Office had said ‘anytime after dark’ would offer people a chance of seeing the Aurora on Monday night (February 27).

The UK is south of the natural aurora belt, so sightings of the Aurora are much rarer than in Norway, Iceland and Greenland.

But a geomagnetic storm has brought the aurora belt southwards in recent days, hence the rare opportunity to see the lights from Worcestershire.

Malvern Gazette: Another stunning shot taken by a readerAnother stunning shot taken by a reader (Image: Kate Dolphin)

Even then, sightings need a relatively clear night and only happen in dark locations with no light pollution, preferably high off the ground such as a hill - all of this made the Malverns the ideal location.

Readers were able to get beautiful pictures from peaks including the Worcestershire Beacon, with Sam Ryan, who took some great photos from the hills, describing the phenomenon as “stunning - no words!”

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Joe Lockwood, who also made the effort to go out with a camera last night, said: “A shame it was so cloudy, but ended up with a cool result. Worth the freezing hike up with a tripod.”

Malvern Gazette: The Malvern Hills provided the perfect location for seeing the AuroraThe Malvern Hills provided the perfect location for seeing the Aurora (Image: Sam Ryan)

The Aurora is caused by atoms and molecules in our atmosphere colliding with particles from the Sun, according to the Royal Museum Greenwich. 

Adding that the light's wavy patterns are created by force lines in the Earth's magnetic field, with the different colours created by different gasses.

The lowest area of the Aurora is normally around 80 miles from Earth whilst the top could be hundreds of miles above Earth.