Northern Lights dance over Edinburgh

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The blue and green display danced over Edinburgh Castle

EDINBURGH was treated to a show of the Northern Lights on Sunday night as the phenomenon was seen acrossScotland.

Despite the harsh streetlights, a green and purple glow was visible dancing above Edinburgh Castle.

The pictures were taken by Vincent Hénault-Brunet.

Properly called the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights are normally experienced further North than theUKas particles from the sun are attracted to the magnetic pole.

The colours are caused by charged particles from the sun colliding with the earth’s upper atmosphere.

The particles cause a change in atoms of the upper atmosphere which release light as they return to their normal state.

The colours of the natural phenomenon change depending on the atoms involved, with oxygen being responsible for the most common green colour.

A similar phenomenon, the Aurora Australis, is visible in the southern hemisphere.

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