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Aurora Borealis display with clouds

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Aurora Borealis display with clouds

Aurora Borealis. Clouds partially obscuring a dramatic multicoloured Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights display. Aurorae are caused by the interaction between energetic charged particles from the Sun and gas molecules in the upper atmosphere about 100 kilometres up. A stream of charged particles, called the solar wind, flows out into space continuously from the Sun at speeds of 400-500 kilometres per second. On reaching Earth, the charged particles are drawn by Earths magnetic field to the poles, where they collide with gas molecules in the upper atmosphere, causing them to emit light. Photographed from Finland

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Atmospheric Phenomenon Aurora Borealis Aurora Borealis Display Aurorae Cloud Earth Science Effects Electromagnetic Effect Finland Northern Lights Northern Lights Aurora Display Sciences Solar Wind

This print captures the mesmerizing beauty of an Aurora Borealis display, with clouds partially obscuring the dramatic multicolored lights. The Northern Lights, or Aurorae, are a breathtaking natural phenomenon caused by the interaction between energetic charged particles from the Sun and gas molecules in Earth's upper atmosphere. As the solar wind, a stream of charged particles flowing out into space from the Sun at incredible speeds, reaches our planet, Earth's magnetic field draws these particles towards its poles. It is at these polar regions that they collide with gas molecules in the upper atmosphere and create a stunning spectacle of shimmering lights. Photographed from Finland, this image showcases nature's own light show against a backdrop of cloudy skies. The ethereal glow dances across the horizon as if painting strokes of vibrant colors onto an invisible canvas. This photograph not only captures an extraordinary moment but also serves as a reminder of how interconnected our planet is with celestial events. The electromagnetic effect produced by this cosmic dance results in one of Earth science's most awe-inspiring phenomena - the Aurora Borealis. Its enchanting allure has fascinated scientists and spectators alike for centuries. With this remarkable print from Science Photo Library, you can bring home a piece of this otherworldly magic and marvel at its splendor whenever you desire.

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