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Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis are caused by charged particles in the Earth's magnetosphere colliding with atoms and molecules in the upper atmosphere when the solar wind collides with the edge of the Earth's magnetic field

These spectacular photographs, taken from Spaceweather.com, capture the beauty of the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. Sylvain Serre took this picture in Salluit, Nunavik, Quebec, Canada, on March 25 2009
Another of Sylvain's pictures, taken the same night. Auroras are most often seen around the spring and autumn equinox

They are most often seen in Canada, Alaska, Siberia, Greenland and the Scandinavian countries, though they can also be witnessed in northern Scotland.
Sylvain Serre, Salluit, Nunavik, Quebec, Canada, Mar. 22, 2009

Sylvain Serre, Salluit, Nunavik, Quebec, Canada, Mar. 22, 2009

Sylvain Serre, Salluit, Nunavik, Quebec, Canada Mar. 4, 2009

Sylvain Serre, Salluit, Nunavik, Quebec, Canada Mar. 25, 2009

Daryl Pederson, Nome, Alaska Mar. 21, 2009Rune Christianse, Nuuk, Greenland Mar. 13, 2009
Rune Christianse, Nuuk, Greenland Mar. 13, 2009

Akhmetsafin Ruslan, Aykhal, Yakutia, Russia (Siberia) Mar. 24, 2009

Gilles Boutin, Salluit Nunavik Canada Mar. 23, 2009

Gilles Boutin, Salluit, Nunavik Canada Mar. 26, 2009

Gilles Boutin, Salluit Nunavik Canada Mar. 23, 2009
Amara Eren, Chena Hotsprings, Faibanks, AK Mar. 3, 2009

Aleksander Chernucho, Mt. Khibiny, Kolyskia peninsula, Russia Mar. 12, 2009

Ab Kuenzli, North Pole, Alaska Mar. 12, 2009

Ab Kuenzli, West of Delta Junction, Alaska Mar. 14, 2009
Vahe Peroomian, Fairbanks, Alaska Mar. 12, 2009
Peter, Reykjavik, Iceland Mar. 13, 2009

Ivar Marthinusen, Harstad, Norway Mar. 21, 2009

J G Russell, Chena Hot Springs, near Fairbanks AK Mar. 20, 2009

J G Russell, Chena Hot Springs, near Fairbanks AK Mar. 20, 2009

Ben Hattenbach, Alaska Mar. 13, 2009

Ben Hattenbach, Alaska Mar. 13, 2009

Thomas Bojer Eltorp, Nuuk, Greenland Mar. 16, 2009

Dennis Mammana, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA Mar. 23, 2009

Kjetil Skogli, Tromsø,Norway Mar. 12, 2009

Kjetil Skogli, Tromsø,Norway Mar. 12, 2009

Kjetil Skogli, Tromsø, Norway Mar. 4, 2009

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2 comments

Anney on Apr 19, 2009, 7:44:00 PM  

How impressive! Great shots!


David Funk on Apr 20, 2009, 12:27:00 AM  

Wow! Those are some very colorful pictures! I like the shots in Alaska that were taken here. Thanks for posting them my friend.