Northern Lights spotted over Scotland as stargazers delight at natural phenomenon

Aurora borealis in Gardenstown on April 19.
The stunning light show was in full bloom in Scotland -Credit:Fubar News

The Northern Lights graced the skies of Scotland on Friday night as stargazers enjoyed the natural phenomenon fleeting across the nation.

On April 19, the aurora borealis appeared across Perth and Kinross with the town of Crieff snapping photos of the sky bathed in purple and blue light.

The aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, are caused by activity on the surface of the Sun.

The Royal Greenwich Museum reports that solar storms on the surface of the Sun send out clouds of electrically charged particles, which travel millions of miles and collide with the Earth.

The majority of this activity can be deflected away but some are captured in the globe's magnetic field and will head down towards the north and south poles in the atmosphere - which cause the phenomenon.

The aurora borealis over Crieff in Scotland last night.
The aurora borealis over Crieff in Scotland last night -Credit:Fubar News

Royal Observatory astronomer Tom Kerss said: "These particles then slam into atoms and molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere and essentially heat them up. We call this physical process ‘excitation’, but it’s very much like heating a gas and making it glow."

The Northern Lights were also spotted over Elgin, Inverary, Peterhead and Forfar, with plenty of people snapping pictures of this light show.

Did you see the Northern Lights on Friday night? Let us know in the comments below and share your photos of the natural phenomenon.

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