Nature’s own light show – Norway, home of the magnificient Northern Lights

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These breathtaking images might look like unreal at first glance, but these are the actual images of an unbelievable phenomenon of mother nature called Northern Lights. Northern Lights, also called as Aurora Borealis, is a natural light display in the sky predominantly seen in the high latitude of Arctic and Antarctic regions. Northern Norway is one of the best place to experience Northern Lights.

The aurorae are caused by charged particles ejected from the sun. Charged particles are affected by magnetic fields, so the lights occur mainly at far northern or southern latitudes near the Earth’s magnetic poles.

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From the middle of November until the end of January, the sun does not rise at all. October, February and March are the best months for observing the Northern Lights.

northern lights aurora borealis

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On 25th February 2014, Sun produced X4.9 flare which on 27th February caused G2 geomagnetic storm on Earth. It was the brightest aurora display so far during this solar maximum which people witnessed with auroral displays overhead in the far north of Scotland.

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This short movie illustrates what has been seen from latitude 58.3 degrees north. Watch this video to see the brightest natural Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights.

Night of the Northern Lights

 

Source: Wild North Skies

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