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Aurora over Scotland
Stargazers across the UK have been treated to a dazzling display of the Northern Lights.

The aurora borealis was visible as far south as Oxfordshire as skies cleared, painting the night sky with shades of green, purple and blue on Sunday evening.

The ethereal spectacle is caused by charged solar particles interacting with the Earth's magnetic field and is usually only visible in the far north of Scotland.
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Aurora over Scotland

A "lucky combination" of conditions in the lower atmosphere and in space meant the aurora was visible across swathes of the country, Met Office space weather adviser Amanda Townsend said.