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Isle of Man treated to spectacular Northern Lights display

Chris Stephens from Glen Mona took this shot from Blue Point at 9.45pm last night (February 27)

Chris Stephens from Glen Mona took this shot from Blue Point at 9.45pm last night (February 27)

This was the sight from Blue Point last night - and Glen Mona resident Chris Stephens was there to capture the Northern Lights in all their glory as they lit up the sky above the Isle of Man.

Hundreds of Manx residents are understood to have taken up vantage points, mainly along the west of the island, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis, and were not disappointed as the lights appeared shortly before 10pm.

An event on Saturday offers the chance for people to learn more about the stars at one of the island’s accredited Dark Skies discovery sites.

The stargaze and supper event at the Sound will explore the wonders of the Manx night sky with guidance from local astronomer Howard Parkin FRAS.

After supper, if there are clear skies, Howard will give a short talk about what can be seen in the March night sky and guests can head outside for a look through telescopes.

If it is cloudy, Howard will deliver an illustrated presentation on ‘How and when you can see the Northern Lights from the Isle of Man’.

A warming two-course buffet supper with a choice of options and tea or coffee is included in the ticket price.

There are 80 tickets in total and the majority of tickets have already sold. To get tickets go the Manx Museum or www.manxnationalheritage.im, for more information.

 

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