Towering Lights

By: Yuichi Takasaka


Region: Americas

Site: British Columbia - Canada

Date: October 2012

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As seen on the National Geographic News colorful auroras tower over Lumby, British Columbia, Canada. Auroras are created when charged solar particles slam into Earth's magnetic field and get funneled poleward. The particles collide with molecules in our atmosphere, transferring energy and making the air molecules glow. Click on the constellation icon above the image to see this scene only some seconds later. Yuichi Takasaka/

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