Aurora borealis

Aurora borealis

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Credit: DAVID HAY JONES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Aurora borealis or northern lights display. This pattern of light is caused by energetic charged particles from the Sun colliding with gas molecules in the upper atmosphere near the poles. Photographed over the village of Porjus which lies inside the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland.

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Keywords: arctic, atmosphere, atmospheric phenomenon, aurora borealis, aurorae, earth science, earth's atmosphere, effects, electromagnetic effect, european, lapland, nature, night sky, northern lights, porjus, scandinavian, sciences, solar activity, sweden, swedish

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