Aurora Borealis’ Dancing Northern Light Display

During fall and winter in the northernmost parts of North America, Europe, and Asia the night sky comes alive with dancing soft green, blue, or red curtain-like lights. These lights—called aurora borealis (or the northern lights)—are the result of the sun’s solar winds, which are made up of light particles entering the Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere. When the light particles enter the Earth’s atmosphere they collide with existing gases that cause the particles to glow!

Though aurora borealis is best viewed through naked eyes, many photographers are able to capture the brilliance of these lights by using long exposure settings or applications with their cameras so that others can experience the beauty of aurora.