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The Northern Lights, also referred to as an 'Aurora' (a Latin word meaning"sunrise" or the Roman goddess of dawn), is a spectacular naturally occurring light display in the sky.

The Aurora is caused by the collision of solar wind and magnetospheric charged particles with the high altitude atmosphere (aka the 'thermosphere').

The Aurora appears in the northern horizon as a greenish glow or sometimes a faint red. Discrete auroras often display magnetic field lines or curtain-like structures, and can change within seconds or glow unchanging for hours, most often in fluorescent green.

I have been fortunate to witness the Northern Lights a number of times, and each event is unlike the other. When the sky fills with dancing light it is life-changing and a beauty beyond words

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Apocalyptic Aurora The Swirl On Frozen Pond A Sign from Above
The Aurora The Drying Rack Aurora Eruption The Troll
The Northern Lighthouse Waves of Light Deserted Tidal Light
Star Crossed The Northern Light The Ribbon of Light Vacant
Sizzle in the Sky Aurora over Harunin The Solar Wind The Vestrahorn
The Touch Aurora over the Sentry Aurora over the Boathouse Hvitsekur
Icy Illumination Aurora over Gardbraut Arctic Reflections Aurora at Hustinden
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