The northern lights dominate the sky above Yellowknife in northern Canada. Aurora, which is mostly seen from polar latitudes, is also known as the northern or southern lights. It 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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  • Sonja Grinstead Reply

    “Beautiful behond description!!!” I have been to the Northwest Territories of Canada many times, and am hoping that I would have your permission to paint this photo in oils or acrylic. Although I have won 1st place awards, and would like to show it, …but it would hang in my home “for me”!
    I have seen many takes of the north, But this is the one for me!!!!

    April 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm
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    April 6, 2011 at 12:49 am
  • Anita russum Reply

    Wow! This is SO beautiful! I’d be looking at it all night!

    April 18, 2011 at 10:41 am
  • Jim Reply

    Spooky and really fantastic.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:00 am
  • emily Reply

    absolutly the most beatiful thing i have seen.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm
  • Sonja Grinstead Reply

    This photo is absolutely “fantazmagoricle”, I have travelled to the far north of Canada for many years for the purposes of ministry, and for myself I will ask for your permission to paint this picture contending for a 3rd first place jurried exhibition, and which I know would sell well for gospel purposes. I have always been very keen on photography and have taken some great shots myself but for the lack of equipment and circumstances, oppted for visual arts but for which have done well!!! I would appreciate you consent with a whole heart!!! …thank you for your consideration!!! a sample of earlier works is on fb profile.

    June 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

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