People from around the countries spotted the lights, which were visible as far south as Oxfordshire in the UK, when they are generally only able to be seen in northern Scotland. The lights were viewed in northern counties of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Images and videos of the lights filled social media on Monday and Tuesday with happy Europeans who managed to capture a view – but there is likely little debate over who got the best view. British astronaut Tim Peake, currently aboard the International Space Station, posted an image as they passed through “aurora soup”.
Watch a timelapse of the lights here.