A series of new images have been published that were taken in northern Canada and Iceland of this year’s Aurora Borealis. The breathtaking shots of what is also known as the Northern Lights are some of the most spectacular to date. The photos show the yearly occurrence of solar particles colliding with the Earth’s atmosphere.
Being a space geek and a lighting enthusiast, it doesn’t get any better than this. The shutterbugs who captured these outstanding photos traveled to the most northern parts of the globe, enduring frigid sub zero temperatures to get these shots.
Billed the greatest light show on the planet, this celestial phenomenon takes place about 60 miles up from the Earth’s surface. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that scientists were able to explain exactly what causes Aurora Borealis. Back in 1880, scientists suspected that it had something to do with sunspot activity – but it wasn’t until 1957 that they figured out it was electrons and protons from the sun being blown towards the earth on the ‘solar wind’
For more amazing images of Aurora Borealis and the full explanation of what causes it, check out [Space.com]