Magical Images of The Colourful Aurora!

The aurora (also known as the polar lights or northern lights), is the stunning natural light display in the Earth's night sky, mainly seen in the high latitudes near the Arctic and Antarctic. The excited atoms of the upper atmosphere emit light of varying colours in ghostly sheets and patterns. They must be seen to be believed so enjoy them by viewing this selection of images of the aurora as seen from Earth and space. You can learn how they’re formed and learn fun facts about them on the Spaceopedia Aurora page!


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Aurora Above - A minor geomagnetic storm was already in progress when a coronal mass ejection (CME), struck Earth's magnetic field producing brilliant aurora over both poles. (Image Credit: Jonathan Tucker)