Stargazers throughout the UK were left spellbound by the spectacular sights of the Northern Lights on Friday night – but one unlucky pair were not so fortunate. 

TikTok user @paakz excitedly filmed himself and a friend walking through the streets of Norwich after spotting the telling purple illuminations in the sky. 

The duo were clearly thrilled at the prospect of seeing the famous Aurora Borealis, which was visible throughout the UK thanks to an ‘extreme’ and rare geomagnetic storm. 

But they were soon met with disappointment as they realised the ‘lights’ in the distance were actually the signature purple glow from a nearby Premier Inn. 

Taking to TikTok in a video that has now been viewed nearly six million times, they initially gasped: ‘Oh my god!’ as they witnessed the beams of light radiating through the night sky. 

A TikTok user in Norwich was left disappointed after a sighting of the 'Northern Lights' turned out to be a Premier Inn

A TikTok user in Norwich was left disappointed after a sighting of the ‘Northern Lights’ turned out to be a Premier Inn

But upon arriving at the entrance of the hotel on Duke Street in the city centre, they said: ‘We thought Premier Inn was the northern lights. 

‘We’ve been catfished! How have we been catfished? We thought it was the northern lights! It’s a f***ing building.’

Viewers couldn’t contain their laughter at the hilarious mishap, writing: ‘Nah I’m dead’;

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‘the fact it’s Norwich makes this 10000% better’; 

‘the sheer excitement and not being able to speak at first, to the utter disappointment’; 

‘I’m cryingggg’;

‘Man premier inn think they’re summoning Batman’;

‘Same thing happened to me with Asda’;

‘This is more commonly known as the phenomenon of the “Premier Lights”. Happens once a night. Super cool to see.’

The duo had seen a telling purple glow in the sky on Friday night, when thousands witnessed the spectacular Aurora Borealis

The duo had seen a telling purple glow in the sky on Friday night, when thousands witnessed the spectacular Aurora Borealis

The hilarious video has now gone viral with nearly six million views and counting

The hilarious video has now gone viral with nearly six million views and counting 

On Friday night bands of pink and green light were seen across the UK and in parts of Europe after an ‘extreme’ geomagnetic storm caused them to be more visible, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

The Geomagmetic storm was the first to strike Earth in almost 20 years – making it incredibly rare and leading to a frenzy throughout the country to capture a photograph of the event.  

Amazing shades of green and purple were captured in the skies above the UK including in Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Tyne and Wear, Essex, Berkshire and Kent.

However when stargazers went outside to see the spectacle again on Saturday night they were met with disappointment, despite experts saying they would be visible again. 

TYNE AND WEAR: The aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights, glow on the horizon at St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay on the North East coast

TYNE AND WEAR: The aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights, glow on the horizon at St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay on the North East coast

NORTHERN IRELAND: An incredible display of the Northern Lights in Dunseverick, County Antrim

NORTHERN IRELAND: An incredible display of the Northern Lights in Dunseverick, County Antrim

EDINBURGH: A stunning view of the Northern Lights over the National Monument of Scotland in Edinburgh

EDINBURGH: A stunning view of the Northern Lights over the National Monument of Scotland in Edinburgh

LIVERPOOL: The northern lights glow on the horizon of Anthony Gormley's Another Place sculpture on Crosby Beach in Liverpool

LIVERPOOL: The northern lights glow on the horizon of Anthony Gormley’s Another Place sculpture on Crosby Beach in Liverpool

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On Thursday, a Severe (G4) Geomagnetic Storm Watch was issued for the first time since January 2005.

And the Met Office predicted that stargazers as far south as Cornwall would be able to catch a glimpse of the the light display.

Met Office Space Weather Manager Krista Hammond told MailOnline on Friday: ‘While short nights at this time of year will limit the visibility window, if conditions are right there’s a good chance of sightings on Friday night.

‘Aurora visibility may persist through Saturday night, but as it stands this is likely to be less widespread than on Friday night with northern parts of the UK most likely to continue to have the best viewing potential.’ 

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