IN PICS| Spectacular Aurora Borealis light up the skies across the world

Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis made a stunning appearance on Friday after the most powerful solar storm in over two decades struck Earth | Reuters

The colourful display was seen across the world including the United States, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, and the UK | AP

How are Northern Lights created?

The northern lights are created when energised particles from the sun slam into Earth's upper atmosphere at a speed of up to 45 million mph | AP

Northern lights illuminate the night sky over the mountains, in Le Col des Mosses pass, Ormont-Dessous, Switzerland | AP

The aurora borealis illuminate the skies over the southwestern Siberian town of Tara, Omsk region, Russia | Reuters