Northern Lights put on rare southern show

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They weren’t as brilliant as they are up north, but residents of the Oslo area could see the Northern Lights shine in the nighttime skies during the weekend. The lack of clouds and a full moon added to the unique display.

“The lights were shimmering and their wave-like movement could be seen across the Oslo Fjord,” Nils Øveraas, secretary general of the mountain trekking association DNT, told newspaper Aftenposten after spotting the aurora borealis late Friday night. “I  could observe them from Asker and over towards Nesodden.”

Øveraas said it was the first time he’d seen Northern Lights so far south in Norway, but they were more powerful before he managed to grab a camera and attempt some shots. Another observer could see the phenomenon, which had a greenish tint, over the lake Østensjøvannet on Oslo’s east side.

Researcher Pål Brekke said the Northern Lights were also spotted as far south as Kristiansand and over Nord-Jylland in Denmark. He attributed the spectacle to “lots of activity on the sun right now,” in the form of solar storms.

newsinenglish.no staff