Dazzling scenes as Aurora Borealis lights up skies across Scotland

The Northern Lights could be seen in the skies across the country due to a geomagnetic storm.

Dazzling images of the Northern Lights were captured in Scotland on Thursday.

Sky gazers were treated to hues of green and purple on Thursday night and into Friday morning as the Aurora Borealis was spotted across the country.

The lights were visible across much of Scotland and across the UK – even as far south as Cornwall.

Aberdeenshire, Dumfries and Galloway, the Highlands and Moray were among places where the lights were most visible.

The Northern Lights captured in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire by Ryan Benzie.Ryan Benzie

The display was a result of a geomagnetic storm on the surface of the Sun.

The colours are created when charged particles enter our atmosphere and interact with oxygen and nitrogen.

As the displays are linked to the Sun’s activity, meteorologists say the next few years are expected to offer good opportunities to spot the Aurora.

The Northern Lights captured on Thursday evening.Malcolm Younger
The lights captured near Lerwick.Malcolm Younger
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