In pictures: Aurora Borealis captured over Edinburgh
NATURE'S jaw-dropping beauty was plain for all to see as the Aurora Borealis burst into life in the skies over Edinburgh overnight.
Up and down the country, photographers and vloggers rushed to their nearest lofty vantage points in a bid to capture the rare occurrence.
In Edinburgh, the Aurora appeared at its peak intensity between the hours of 00:30 and 01:30 on Friday morning.
One incredible image, shared by @baralos1973 on Twitter, shows the natural phenomenon over the three Forth bridges - a fitting way to herald the opening of the new Queensferry Crossing.
Meanwhile, popular YouTube vlogger, Shaun Alexander, managed to capture the Northern Lights on film as the green glow danced above Arthur’s Seat.
The Aurora Borealis occurs when high-energy electrically charged particles from the sun collide with neutral atoms in the earth’s atmosphere and the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. Friday morning’s occurrence over the United Kingdom was the result of a large solar flare which erupted two days ago.
The lights are rarely visible along the Central Belt of Scotland due to geography and cloud cover, making last night’s appearance particularly special.