Aurora borealis in the night sky

Aurora borealis in the night sky

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Aurora borealis over the Earth. The aurora borealis is a coloured light display visible in the night sky at high latitudes. 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. Photographed in Hemnesberget, Nordland, Norway, in April.

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