Spectacular pictures show Northern Lights shining over Shetland
Skygazers across the Shetland islands were treated to a dazzling display of the Northern Lights on Friday night.
Skygazers across Shetland were treated to a dazzling display of the Northern Lights on Friday night.
The multi-coloured illuminations of the Aurora Borealis lit up Lerwick resulting in some fantastic pictures.
Photographers sent STV the pictures of the solar exhibition.
STV’s Sean Batty explained why the Lights was visible in so many parts of the country.
He said: "Scotland was treated to a spectacular display of the Northern Lights. This was a particularly good showing in some parts of the country that had a break in the clouds.
"The Northern Lights were seen so widely across the country with even reports as far south as Cumbria, which is fairly unusual. The sun at the moment is going through a peak in activity.
"During that time we see an increase in solar activity because of sunspots and coronal mass ejections."
"The mass ejections which occur during the peak in the sun cycle can knock out radio signals and satellites in space. But on the ground can give people a spectacular display of the aurora.
"The Northern Lights are more regularly associated with countries near the arctic circle like Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Norway and Russia.
"However when we get a stronger aurora this is when we are able to see more from southern countries, which is why so many got to see the lights last night."