Aurora Borealis or northern lights, with comet

Aurora Borealis or northern lights, with comet

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Credit: JACK FINCH/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Aurora Borealis. View of the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) over trees. The Aurora Borealis is visible as long green horizontal streaks (lower centre and upper centre). The aurora is caused by electrically charged particles which come from the Sun. When these particles approach Earth, they are guided by the Earth's magnetic field towards the poles. There they collide with the gases in the atmosphere hundreds of kilometres above the Earth's surface. It is these collisions which cause the airglow. Also visible is the Hale-Bopp comet (lower centre) Photographed in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA.

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Keywords: atmospheric phenomenon, aurora, aurora borealis, aurora borealis display, aurorae, comet hale-bopp, earth science, earth's atmosphere, effects, electromagnetic effect, hale-bopp comet, northern lights, northern lights aurora display, sciences, sky, with comet

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