Monday, January 24, 2011

New Year's Aurora

Aurora are one of the most amazing things you can see on our planet. Auroras are created when charged particles flow along Earth's magnetic field lines. The particles hit the atmosphere at the Poles and excite air molecules, which release the extra energy as light, in this case beautiful green light.

The new year's first big display of northern lights - aurora borealis was into the mountains near Tromso in northern Norway on January 7.

Photograph: Thilo Bubek

The another amazing showing of aurora was on January 8. above the island of Kvaloya, again in northern Norway. According to a report on  the northern lights were so bright they could be seen from as far away as Northern Ireland.

Photograph: Fredrik Broms