In pictures: Aurora Borealis lights up sky above Scotland

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image captionThe Northern Lights from Munlochy on the Black Isle in the Highlands

Displays of the Aurora Borealis were visible from north and north east Scotland overnight.

Also known as the Northern Lights, the aurora appear as shimmering waves of light when atoms in the Earth's high-altitude atmosphere collide with energetic charged particles from the sun.

BBC Weather Watchers photographed the "lights" from Shetland, the Highlands and Moray.

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image captionBrae, Shetland, was among the vantage points for observing the aurora overnight on Monday into Tuesday
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image captionA view of the aurora from Hopeman on the Moray Firth coast
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image captionA colourful scene at Nairn on the Highlands' Moray Firth coast
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image captionThe aurora from Glenelg in the west Highlands
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image captionThis stunning image was captured at Durness by Andy Walker
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image captionClear skies over Moray offered opportunities to see the lights, including from Elgin
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image captionFreck Fraser's image of the aurora from a snowy Belladrum near Beauly
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image captionThe green glow of the aurora from Portmahomack in the Highlands
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image captionAnother image of the aurora from Brae in Shetland
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image captionBright lights of the aurora from Uig in the Highlands

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