Camping under the aurora borealis

Camping under the aurora borealis

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Credit: TOMMY ELIASSEN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Camping under the aurora borealis. Camper eating dinner next to his tent with the aurora borealis overhead, a coloured light display (the northern lights) that is 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.

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