The Northern Lights have been putting on spectacular displays in the north of England - see  this beautiful photo of Derwentwater Cumbria Keswick, Lake District.Paul Kingston/NNP


The Northern Lights have been putting on spectacular displays in the north of England and Scotland in recent days, and we simply couldn't resist sharing this beautiful image of Derwentwater near the Cumbrian town of Keswick in the Lake District.

According to NASA, the sun is in its most active phase in its 11 year cycle, which is why we're being treated to so many amazing shows.

The lights are usually seen around the Arctic Circle, but a geomagnetic storm has sent charged solar particles as far away as northern England, where they react with the Earth's atmosphere.

Last week, they were clearly visible in Aberdeenshire, Scotland (see below).

Picture of the day: Northern Lights over BritainBarcroft


Desperate to see the Northern Lights? If you missed them in the Lake District, check out our gallery of the top places for Aurora Borealis spotting below.