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Aurora Borealis

Natural light displays in the sky, usually observed at night, particularly in the polar regions

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Nature's Orchestra

  • Aug 6, 2010
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Commonly known as Northern Lights, it's one of the natural wonders of the world. For some lucky few, especially those who are currently residing in Scandinavia, Canada and Northern U.S.A., Aug. 4, 2010 was the day where the recent solar tsunami sparked incredible auroras across the skyline of the northern hemisphere. 

I first experienced this incredible view back in Coldfoot, Alaska in the middle of winter 2004. It took me a great deal of effort to get there especially since it was an unplanned journey, a decision made when I was in Ushuaia, Argentina awaiting to board my ship to Antarctica! Yet, the idea of traversing from South Pole to North Pole in a single trip was so attractive that I grabbed at the chance without much thought. Luckily for me, everything ran smoothly and I made it to my first Northern Lights. 

Hell, it was not in the comfort of Summer that some of you are blessed with to see these auroras. It was freezing cold, at -40 deg. F. (& C.) and I'm the lone crazy woman who got out of bed to go look for auroras! It wasn't a great display that night though and since I didn't prepare for the trip, I didn't have the necessary equipment to take those pictures too. Luckily, some photographers managed to catch this amazing event which just occurred 2 days ago and we can now enjoy them from the comfort of our rooms.

Granted, they are unlike anything we've seen before nor is it the same as viewing it in the sky. Don't despair though, I read that this spectacular event will be repeated often in the coming days. So, do watch out for them and make a date with one of the most amazing events!

In the mean time, enjoy these pictures which I've gathered from the net...

From Norway:


From Sweden


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August 17, 2010
pretty nifty review and fabulous photos, Sharrie!
 
August 06, 2010
I've never experienced these Northern Lights for myself before, but wow, those are some gorgeous photos. Lucky you to have experienced it before! Thanks for sharing :)
 
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One of the most magical wonders of life and planet Earth! Brace the cold and you'd be rewarded with such a wonderful view that you'd never ever get over the experience. See for yourself... if not in person, then at least this awesome video!     
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Auroras, also known as northern and southern (polar) lights or aurorae (singular: aurora), are natural light displays in the sky, usually observed at night, particularly in the polar regions. They typically occur in the ionosphere. They are also referred to as polar auroras. This is a misnomer however, because they are commonly visible between 65 to 72 degrees north and south latitudes, which would place it in a ring just within the Arctic and Antarctic circles. Aurorae do occur deeper inside the polar regions, but these are infrequent occurrences, and these are often invisible to the naked eye.

In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis, named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, by Pierre Gassendi in 1621. The aurora borealis is also called the northern polar lights, as it is only visible in the sky from the Northern Hemisphere, with the chance of visibility increasing with proximity to the North Magnetic Pole. (Earth's is currently in the arctic islands of northern Canada.) Auroras seen near the magnetic pole may be high overhead, but from further away, they illuminate the northern horizon as a greenish glow or sometimes a faint red, as if the Sun were rising from an unusual direction. The aurora borealis most often occurs near the equinoxes. The northern lights have had a number of names throughout history. The Cree call this phenomenon the "Dance of the Spirits." In the Middle Ages ...
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