Northern Lights in spectacular time-lapse
In the early hours of Christmas Eve, colours of green and pink from the Aurora Borealis erupted over Northumberland's skies
This stunning time-lapse footage shows the spectacular moment the Northern Lights were spotted over parts of the UK skyline this Christmas Eve.
Captured by photographers Owen Humpherys and Tom White, the spectacular showis usually only viewable from places close to the North Pole.
Experts say it is quite unusual to see the spectacle with such clarity here in the UK.
But the North East coast is one of the best spots to catch a glimpse.
The stunning phenomenon occurs when highly charged electrons from solar wind interact with elements in the earth's atmosphere.
As the electrons enter the upper atmosphere, they encounter atoms of oxygen and nitrogen at altitudes from 20 to 200 miles above the earth's surface.
The colour of the aurora depends on which atom is struck, and the altitude of the meeting.