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Light show: Aurora Borealis over Scotland

Displays of the Aurora Borealis on Tuesday night have been photographed over Scotland.

Lancaster University's AuroraWatch UK had earlier issued its second highest alert for sightings of the Northern Lights.

After dark, where the sky was clear, aurora hunters in Scotland came up trumps in places including Birsay on Orkney, and Cambusavie near Dornoch. Displays were also photographed elsewhere in the UK.

The Met Office said the aurora was the result of the biggest solar storm in 11 years.

Image copyright Karen Munro
Image caption Karen Munro, a seasoned aurora hunter and stargazer, observed the display from Sutherland
Image copyright Gordon Mackie
Image caption Gordon Mackie captured images of the Northern Lights over Strathy in Sutherland
Image copyright Gordon Mackie
Image copyright Gordon Mackie
Image caption Mr Mackie described the display seen from Strathy as a memorable and dynamic
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Image caption Chris Cogan captured images of the Northern Lights from Cambusavie near Dornoch
Image copyright Gareth and Brianna Wignall
Image caption Gareth and Brianna Wignall photographed the aurora from Cummingston on the Moray Firth
Image copyright Andrew Paul Watson
Image caption Andrew Paul Watson's photograph was taken at Lossiemouth, also on the Moray Firth
Image copyright Gill Merriman
Image caption Gill Merriman took pictures of a colourful display from Birsay on Orkney
Image copyright Magz Macleod
Image caption The scene from Garry beach at Tolsta on Lewis in an image taken by Magz Macleod
Image copyright Terry W Virts/Nasa
Image caption Nasa astronaut Terry W Virts photographed the aurora from the International Space Station. He said he had never seen such a green display
Image copyright Ian Ross
Image caption Ian Ross saw the aurora from the Peterhead fishing boat Quantus
Image copyright Emma Mitchell
Image caption The lights provided a striking backdrop to the ancient Callanish Standing Stones on Lewis in Emma Mitchell's photograph

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