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.

Friday, 8th September 2017, 1:54 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:56 am
Northern Lights over the three Forth bridges. Picture: Paul Baralos @baralos1973

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.

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Northern Lights over the three Forth bridges. Picture: Paul Baralos @baralos1973

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.

Aurora viewed from Marine Drive, Davidson's Mains. Picture: Copyright Alan O'Donnell

The lights are rarely visible along the Central Belt of Scotland due to geography and cloud cover, making last night’s appearance particularly special.

Picture: @theweird1ne/Twitter
Aurora over Arthur's Seat. Picture: Shaun Alexander/YouTube
Picture: Peter Baird @peterbaird5
Picture: Michael Boyd
Picture: Jean-Loup Rebours-Smith
Picture: Gavin Roberts @gavinroberts84
Northern Lights over the three Forth bridges. Picture: Paul Baralos @baralos1973
Aurora viewed from Marine Drive, Davidson's Mains. Picture: Copyright Alan O'Donnell
Picture: @theweird1ne/Twitter
Aurora over Arthur's Seat. Picture: Shaun Alexander/YouTube
Picture: Peter Baird @peterbaird5
Picture: Michael Boyd
Picture: Jean-Loup Rebours-Smith
Picture: Gavin Roberts @gavinroberts84