Aurora borealis, the Northern Lights, is one of the most beautiful phenomenon we have on Earth. It is caused by particles from the Sun’s atmosphere that reach Earth’s atmosphere. As the two collide, different colored light is produced, depending on the chemical element and altitude. The lights can shine anywhere from 50-400 miles above the surface of Earth!
Aurora borealis is generally only visible near the North magnetic pole. But wait, there’s more! There are lights near the Southern magnetic pole as well, known as Aurora australis. These names mean “dawn of the north” and “dawn of the south,” named after Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn.
Areas with limited light pollution provide the best views for the lights. The photo above shows Aurora borealis in a village in Northern Canada that satisfies this criterion.
Have you ever wanted to create your our Aurora borealis?! Well now you can! This link allows you to generate the Northern Lights display of your choice. Enjoy!