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 a long green curved streak running from top centre to bottom left. 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 Hyakutake comet (lower right). Photographed in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA.

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Keywords: 13 april 1996, atmospheric phenomenon, aurora, aurora borealis, aurora borealis display, aurorae, comet hyakutake, earth science, earth's atmosphere, effects, electromagnetic effect, hyakutake comet, northern lights, northern lights aurora display, sciences, sky, with comet

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