Northern Lights

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Aurora Borealis seen from space
The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis is a celestial phenomenon seen in sky of the northern polar regions of the Earth. An equivalent phenomenon called the Southern Lights or Aurora Australis is found in the southern polar regions.

Scientific Explanation

The effect is caused the interaction between the solar wind, the Earth's magnetic field and the upper atmosphere. Solar wind is composed of charged particles, so the glancing particles in the particularly strong area of the magnetic field creates what seems like an electrical fireworks display.[1]

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