As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day, following a solar storm that reached the Earth magnetic field, the dancing northern lights or aurora borealis fill the night sky over the northern Canada, near the town of Yellowknife, known as one of the world’s best aurora watching destinations. Click on the second photo to see another view of this night. Aurora, which is mostly seen from polar latitudes is produced by the collision of charged particles from Earth’s magnetosphere, mostly electrons but also protons and heavier particles, with atoms and molecules of Earth’s atmosphere (at altitudes above 80 km). The particles originate from the Sun and reach the Earth in the stream of solar wind.



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  • Jeff Dai Reply

    amazing !

    January 30, 2014 at 7:26 pm
  • tom buckley Reply

    One of the most fantastic photos ever.
    Perhaps my favorite APOD photo ever (been looking every day for 10 years).
    Thanks for sharing!

    Do you have a large format for sale?

    July 14, 2014 at 6:26 am
  • John Costello Reply


    July 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm
  • Bill Reply


    July 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm
  • Jon Watson Reply

    What a beautiful shot. Stunning. Can you give the camera/lens and exposure details?

    October 9, 2022 at 5:29 am
  • Susan TENOFSKY Reply

    Captured a beautiful shot__more, please…

    October 27, 2022 at 4:33 pm

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