Dazzling scenes as Northern Lights 'explode' across Scottish skies

Aurora Borealis made an unexpected appearance in the skies over Scotland on Sunday evening.

Dazzling images of the Northern Lights were captured across Scotland on Sunday evening.

Due to an unexpected solar flare, blogger Shaun Alexander spotted what he believes to be a “lady aurora” in Longniddry, East Lothian at around 11pm.

“I wasn’t expecting to see them at all – firstly because with the light skies appearing in late April, it’s usually too light to see the northern lights, and also with heavy cloud cover it seemed like a long shot,” he said.

After receiving an alert of solar flare and potential geomagnetic activity via the Northern Lights Now app, he drove down from Edinburgh airport to the beach with his wife.

“We waited for 30 minutes with nothing but thick clouds – then from nowhere, the skies cleared and we were treated to this spectacular show,” he said.

Shaun Alexander spotted the lights in East Lothian. Dreaming of Scotland

“It was one of the best I’ve ever seen in Scotland. And then we even saw what appeared to be a ‘face’ of a woman.

“It was a truly remarkable sight – maybe this is what they mean by ‘lady’ aurora,” said Mr Alexander, who writes for Dreaming of Scotland.

A lady aurora, also known as the “ghost of lady aurora”, is a rare phenomenon in which the glowing green lights appear to form the face of a woman.

The face of a woman spotted in the lights. Dreaming of Scotland

Another photographer, Gerry Doherty, spotted the incredible purple-and-green “light pillars” over Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond around 3am on Monday morning.

The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, were previously seen in the north of the country on Wednesday and were predicted to make a reappearance on Thursday.

'Huge light pillars' caused by Aurora Borealis. Gerry Doherty

STV News also shared some fantastic images of the phenomenon in February, when a flight to Edinburgh flew through the glowing green lights.

The lights are caused by activity on the surface of the sun and are created when a steam of charged particles, known as solar wind, is released.

It then travels through the solar system and when it reaches the outer atmosphere of Earth, it collides with the charged particles which exist in our magnetosphere.

The spectacular lights over Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond. Gerry Doherty
STV News is now on WhatsApp

Get all the latest news from around the country

Follow STV News
Follow STV News on WhatsApp

Scan the QR code on your mobile device for all the latest news from around the country

WhatsApp channel QR Code