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A spectacular, colourful aurora borealis display

A spectacular, colourful aurora borealis display

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A spectacular, colourful aurora borealis display

View of a colourful aurora borealis display (northern lights). Aurorae are caused by the interaction between energetic charged particles coming from the Sun and molecules of gases in the upper atmosphere (about 100km). A stream of charged particles, known as the solar wind, flows continuously from the Suns corona towards interplanetary space at speeds of 400-500 km/s. These particles do not reach the Earths atmosphere due to the shielding effect of the Earths magnetic field. However, violent solar activities such as solar flares emit highly energetic particles which penetrate this shield and ionise molecules in the atmosphere

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Atmospheric Phenomenon Aurora Borealis Display Aurorae Earth Science Effects Electromagnetic Effect Northern Lights Aurora Display Sciences

This print captures the awe-inspiring beauty of a spectacular and colourful aurora borealis display, also known as the northern lights. The mesmerizing dance of vibrant hues in the night sky is a result of the fascinating interaction between energetic charged particles from the Sun and molecules of gases in our upper atmosphere. At around 100 kilometers above Earth's surface, these charged particles, carried by the solar wind flowing from the Sun's corona at astonishing speeds of 400-500 km/s, collide with atmospheric molecules. Normally, Earth's magnetic field shields us from this constant stream of particles. However, during intense solar activities like solar flares, highly energetic particles manage to penetrate this protective shield and ionize molecules in our atmosphere. The resulting electromagnetic effect creates an ethereal light show that leaves spectators spellbound. From vivid greens to shimmering purples and pinks, these enchanting colors paint a celestial canvas unlike any other natural phenomenon on Earth. This stunning print by Science Photo Library perfectly encapsulates both the scientific marvel behind aurorae and their breathtaking visual impact. It serves as a reminder of how nature can create such extraordinary displays that leave us humbled by its grandeur.

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