The northern lights cloaked the night skies of Scotland, creating this dazzling display of ethereal light on Monday.

Captured by snapper Jim Henderson, the lightshow took place in Crooktree, near Aberdeen.

The waves of light were predominantly red, which indicates a high level of “oxygen excitation” compared to low levels in the green layers.

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The bright lights were produced by a massive burst of solar wind and magnetic fields from the sun – known as a coronal mass ejection.

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  • An Aurora Borealis display taken with a Nikon D700 at 3200ISO using Nikkor 24mm prime lens, f2.8 for 8.5 seconds on October 08, 2012 over Royal Deeside, Scotland. (Photo credit: Jim Henderson / Barcroft Media)

  • An Aurora Borealis display taken with a Nikon D700 at 3200ISO using Nikkor 24mm prime lens, f2.8 for 8.5 seconds on October 08, 2012 over Royal Deeside, Scotland. (Photo credit: Jim Henderson / Barcroft Media)

  • An Aurora Borealis display taken with a Nikon D700 at 3200ISO using Nikkor 24mm prime lens, f2.8 for 8.5 seconds on October 08, 2012 over Royal Deeside, Scotland. (Photo credit: Jim Henderson / Barcroft Media)

  • An Aurora Borealis display taken with a Nikon D700 at 3200ISO using Nikkor 24mm prime lens, f2.8 for 8.5 seconds on October 08, 2012 over Royal Deeside, Scotland. (Photo credit: Jim Henderson / Barcroft Media)

  • An Aurora Borealis display taken with a Nikon D700 at 3200ISO using Nikkor 24mm prime lens, f2.8 for 8.5 seconds on October 08, 2012 over Royal Deeside, Scotland. (Photo credit: Jim Henderson / Barcroft Media)

  • An Aurora Borealis display taken with a Nikon D700 at 3200ISO using Nikkor 24mm prime lens, f2.8 for 8.5 seconds on October 08, 2012 over Royal Deeside, Scotland. (Photo credit: Jim Henderson / Barcroft Media)

  • An Aurora Borealis display taken with a Nikon D700 at 3200ISO using Nikkor 24mm prime lens, f2.8 for 8.5 seconds on October 08, 2012 over Royal Deeside, Scotland. (Photo credit: Jim Henderson / Barcroft Media)