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Northern lights, Iceland

Northern lights, Iceland

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JEREMY WALKER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JEREMY WALKER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Northern lights over the coast. The Northern lights (aurora borealis) is a coloured light display that is visible in the night sky, usually only 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 Iceland.

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