Aurora Borealis on September 27 over Northern Minnesota

The aurora borealis, or northern lights, as viewed in September 2011. But did you see the lights on Sunday? We want to see your pictures Photograph: Justin Dernier/Corbis

People in parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and along England’s north east coast were treated to a dazzling display of the northern lights on Sunday night.

Also known as the aurora borealis, the lights appear in a ring shape creating a glowing curtain across the sky. According to our insiders’ guide to the northern lights:

This glow is caused by high-energy electrons colliding with oxygen atoms and nitrogen molecules. The basic process is the same as that of a neon sign, which involves a vacuum and a high voltage electrical discharge.

The electric power is generated by a combination of the solar wind, a hot ionized gas blowing out from the sun, and the Earth’s magnetic field. This produces more than 1,000 times the electrical power of the world’s largest power plant.

Images shared by skygazers on Twitter suggest that Sunday’s spectacle was also visible from parts of US, particularly the east coast, and Iceland.

Did you see the northern lights on Sunday? We want to find out how many places the aurora was visible from and are asking people to share their photos of the spectacle with us.

You can email your images with “northern lights” in the subject line to community.coordinators@guardian.co.uk including details of where it was taken or send your pictures to @guardian on Twitter using the hashtag #northernlights. If you are able to include a postcode if in the UK or equivalent with your image please do.

A selection of images will be featured in this gallery. We’re are also attempting to map further sightings of the northern lights this weekyou can upload your images directly to the map at this link.

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