Generally, if you want to see Aurora Borealis (also referred to as the Northern Lights), you need to be as close to the North Pole as your boat and sled dogs will take you. But, due to clearer-than-usual skies, as well as unique cosmic conditions, this beautiful visual trick of nature made a special guest appearance in the skies of the UK and Ireland this week. What causes this gorgeous, strange phenomenon? You can thank the sun. That big ball of energy shoots electrically charged particles into our atmosphere and BOOM! Northern Lights. Ooooh. Ahhh. Get the camera! Twitter lit up all night with live photos of Aurora Borealis in all of its glory. Check them out for yourself below.