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In this photo taken late Thursday Feb. 27, 2014, the aurora borealis, or northern lights, illuminate the night sky at Embleton Bay in Northumberland, England, Thursday Feb. 27, 2014. (Tom White/AP)
In this photo taken late Thursday Feb. 27, 2014, the aurora borealis, or northern lights, illuminate the night sky at Embleton Bay in Northumberland, England, Thursday Feb. 27, 2014. (Tom White/AP)

Northern Lights dazzle the skies and light up social media Add to ...

A solar flare earlier this month created the perfect conditions for the Aurora Borealis last night over Britain and Ireland. And many photographers captured the shared the beauty of the occurrence that is rare so far south.

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