Photos: Northern lights were again visible from the Wadden Islands
The northern lights were observed again in the Netherlands on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, reports Weer.nl. The phenomenon was visible around midnight on the Wadden Islands and in western Noord-Holland, including Egmond aan Zee, according to a spokesperson for the website.
In the Netherlands, the display was mainly red with a strip of green. Closer to the North Pole, the northern lights were a true spectacle turning the sky green and purple.
The lights were visible in the Netherlands because of a large solar eruption, according to the weather website. The eruption was directed towards Earth, causing a large quantity of charged particles to be "fired" towards the planet.
These particles collide with molecules in the atmosphere, "causing the molecules to go into an increased state of energy. To return to their normal energy state, the particles emit light: The aurora borealis".
"Last weekend, only the upper part of the aurora could be captured by cameras, which caused a red color. Overnight, green, yellow and red colors were visible because it was much closer," stated the full caption to the ANP photo above. "In most places fog and clouds meant that nothing could be seen, but on Terschelling it was visible between the clouds."
The weather organization expects that we will see the unique phenomenon a few more times in the coming months. It is difficult to predict exactly when this will happen, though the sun's activity is being monitored.
Ondanks de bewolking was er met het blote oog #poollicht te zien op #Terschelling! Mooi even met @SytseSchoustra #AuroraBorealis bekeken! #noorderlicht #NorthernLights #Netherlands @poollichtnl @AuroraMAX @poollicht @PoollichtBE @TamithaSkov @OmropNijs @NOS pic.twitter.com/cH1aE0L0f4— Albert Wester (@Albert_Wester) November 3, 2021
Reporting by ANP.