Sky-watchers in dreamland capturing spectacular natural wonder on camera
Stargazers were treated to a spectacular display as the Northern Lights lit up the skies across Loch Lomond.
The promise of the stunning multicoloured light show saw a number of keen photographers across West Dunbartonshire brave the cold weather to catch a glimpse of the solar flare.
The majestic sight – which is also known as aurora borealis – is the result of electrically charged particles from the sun smashing into gaseous particles in our planet’s atmosphere.
This causes bright, colourful dancing lights in white, green, pink and purple that illuminate the sky and are considered an incredible sight to behold.
The Northern Lights are a famous attraction in the Norwegian Fjords, with Iceland listed as one of the best places to witness them from September to mid-April.
But locals didn’t have to hop on a plane as the Bonnie Banks proved to deliver just as magnificent a display last Wednesday.
Areas with little or no light pollution are the ideal spot to get a decent view of the light show, alongside clear skies and cold, crisp weather.
To see the aurora you need a strong solar wind, which we have, but you also need clear and dark skies – it can’t be seen in daylight or with light pollution.
And November 7 and 8 ticked all the right boxes, allowing for an impressive view of the natural phenomenon.
Met Office spokeswoman Emma Sharples explained: “Conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday couldn’t have been more perfect to see the Northern Lights, especially in an area such as Loch Lomond.
“It was an evening where it was dry, cold and there were little to no cloud and that is exactly what was needed to be able to get the best view.
“The lights are caused by a geometric storm which reached earth and caused the flare which increases people’s chances of being able to see something.
“Unfortunately with the weather taking a turn and it becoming damper and cloudier into this week, the chances of seeing any of the remaining lights is waning.”
If you didn’t manage to catch them there will be more chances.
The best way to prepare for that is to know when the aurora is coming, and you can do this by signing up for aurora watch alerts.
It was an evening where it was dry, cold and there were little to no cloud
Stunning views Kyle Knox captured these images of the Lights over Loch Lomond
In the spotlight This image of the Northern Lights over the Maid of the Loch on Loch Lomond was taken by Turkey Red Media using a drone
Scenic David McElroy captured this shot