Aurora in the night sky

Aurora in the night sky

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Caption: Aurora in the night sky. The aurora are a coloured light display that is visible in the night sky. It occurs when charged and energetic particles from the Sun (the solar wind) are drawn by Earth's magnetic field to the polar regions. Hundreds of kilometres up, they collide with gas molecules and atoms, causing them to emit light.

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