The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are one of nature’s most beautiful sights. They’re created when electrically charged particles that escape the Sun enter Earth’s atmosphere and are guided toward the north and south poles by our planet’s magnetic field. These particles collide with molecules in the atmosphere, creating shimmering lights that seem to dance and cascade across the sky. Aurora are most often seen at far northern and far southern latitudes (where they’re called the Aurora Australis).
Tonight, the Northern Lights were especially glorious over Lapland, the far northern region of Finland.
If you’d like to see for yourself, here’s a 10-minute video showing the best highlights. It’s not the same thing as being there, but it’s a lot less cold!
If you’d like to know more about the origin of aurora, just click here!
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