Aurora borealis

Aurora borealis

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Credit: PEKKA PARVIAINEN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Aurora borealis against a starry sky. This display of coloured lights, also known as the northern lights, is observed in the night sky at high latitudes. It occurs when charged solar particles are drawn to the Earth's magnetic north pole and collide with gas molecules in the upper atmosphere. This causes the excitation of oxygen and nitrogen molecules, resulting in the emission of light. Photographed in Finland.

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Keywords: atmosphere, atmospheric effect, atmospheric phenomenon, aurora borealis, aurorae, earth science, earth's atmosphere, effects, electromagnetic effect, finland, high latitude, light emission, natural phenomenon, nature, night sky, north pole, northern lights, polar, sciences, silhouetted, solar activity, trees

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