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The Northern Lights- Beautiful Aurora Borealis

Updated on February 9, 2015

A Fantastic Display of Energy and Light

Anybody who has seen the Aurora Borealis will never forget the experience. I still remember a cold night, 30 years ago, at around midnight. Suddenly the sky became aflame with colors. It was like the dome of a church, moving across the sky. The Northern Lights! Until today, I treasure that memory.

What are the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights? What causes that spectacular effect? Where is the best place to go if you want to see them? See some awe-inspiring picture of these lights.

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Aurora = the Roman goddess of dawn

Borealis = the greek word for the north wind

What Are the Northern Lights?

Aurora Borealis

Through the earth, there are magnetic fields, like poles. They go through the earth, like if giant rods were put through the earth. From there the magnetic field circulates outwards. This means that the magnetic field is the strongest at the south and north parts of the earth, less strong around the equator.

There is also a magnetic field around the sun. Particles (electrons and protons) are constantly slung towards the earth because of this magnetic field. This is called solar winds.

So when the particles from the solar wind are coming with enormous speed, hitting the magnetic field of the earth, they get pushed down to the earth's upper atmosphere, the ionosphere. Here, the electrons collide with gas atoms, causing a great release of energy and light! This is how the Aurora Borealis is born. (as a matter of facts, most planets have this kind of reaction around them.)

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"The brilliant, glowing emission from the upper atmosphere over middle and high latitudes, and centred around the earth's magnetic poles."


Where Are the Northern Lights?

Where Can You See Aurora Borealis?

The best place to see auroras is where the magnetic mostly field is the strongest, which is by the poles. The lights can also be seen around the South Pole, called Aurora Australis, but since it is an isolated place, difficult to reach, nobody really sees them.

The other alternative is close to the NorthPole. Northern Greenland, the Scandinavian coast, Alaska- these are all places where you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis. The problem is that these places have 24 hours of sunlight during the summers, making it difficult to see the lights well. Northern Norway is one of the most popular places to go, because of its accessability.

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      BrendanRichardson 4 years ago

      Even though I have not seen the aurora borealis, it definitely makes some of the best photographs around.

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      @John Dyhouse: Yes, it is truly fantastic when you see it live. It's not only the lights and colors, it's the whole feeling of being part of something great.

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      I would love to see this phenomenon. Videos just don't seem to do it justice. I have painted landscapes with this theme but only from photographs

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      Jen withFlash 5 years ago

      I would love to see it.. looks amazing!

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      It is on my bucket list:) beautiful lens, thanks!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      i really hope I get a chance to see it. It is special.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      I've never seen it, but I hope to some day.

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      Kay 5 years ago

      Awesome pictures. Hopefully one day...

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      gamrslist 5 years ago

      cool lens i hope i see Aurora Borealis one day thank you

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Seeing the northern lights has been on my Bucket List for quite some time. I'd love to travel to Norway, Alaska, or the North Pole to increase my odds of seeing the Aurora Borealis. Lovely lens. Thank you!

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      DentalTourism 6 years ago

      Great pictures.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Must be an amazing sight. Would love to see them. The one video with the explanation waw really cool, though the equations were way beyond my paygrade!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I would love to see them!

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      BlueTrane 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens!

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      Very pretty and thanks for the information on how it got it's name.

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      cmadden 6 years ago

      Great lens and beautiful photos!

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      Einar A 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed seeing your beautiful photos. Thanks!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It is indeed amazing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Stopping back to bless the light show the Aurora Borealis is treating us to right now!

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Gorgeous images!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Beautiful! This is definitely on my bucket list. My husband has seen it several times and he says that seeing the Aurora Borealis in person, is glorious.

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      I'd love to see the Aurora Borealis!

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      knit1tat2 6 years ago

      Thanks for the memories!

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I would love to see the Northern Lights. We have the Southern Lights where I live (aurora australis) but they aren't as dramatic

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      Anthony Altorenna 6 years ago from Connecticut

      On clear winter nights, you can see the Aurora Borealis from northern Maine. It is an awesome sight!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have never seen the Northern Lights, I have in the Movies and Documentaries but never with my own eye or in the open Sky! I would really like to, I love Astronomy and Science! :)

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      sustainableartist 6 years ago

      Would love to see them too!! Gorgeous lens!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Seeing the northern lights are definitely on my bucket list - thanks so much for sharing this lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      ZCademy 6 years ago from Northeast North America, Earth

      Beautiful images! Seeing the aurora in person is high on my "bucket list".

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      I was always fascinated by the thought of seeing the Aurora Borealis lights. I thought they were only in Alaska, and until now didn't realize that you could see them in other areas, including Norway. What I wouldn't give for a trip to see them. Very interesting info here. *Blessed*

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful posters of the Northern Lights. I grew up in the wilderness of northern Minnesota (no city lights), and the skies dance with colors in the dark nights. Lots of great memories as a child laying in my bed at night, looking out the window to watch the light shows.

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      TenerifeLowcost 6 years ago

      My Nan just got back from a cruise around this area but didn't get to see the lights as it is the wrong time of year. However she did experience 23 hours of daylight :O amazing!

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      Yes, I would really like to see this performance

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      It looks spectacular! Beautifully presented lens.

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      Paul 6 years ago from Montreal

      Ive seen them a few times but once they went in a complete circle - it looked like a sign!