Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Beautiful Aurora Photos from March 2012 Solar Storms!

Auroras supercharged by the recent March 2012 solar storm. Stunning and spectacular photos! What is an Aurora? An aurora is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere.

Aurora over  Tromso, Norway

In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis (or the northern lights). Auroras seen near the magnetic pole may be high overhead, but from farther away, they illuminate the northern horizon as a greenish glow or sometimes a faint red, as if the Sun were rising from an unusual direction.

Aurora over Minnesota

Its southern counterpart, the aurora australis (or the southern lights), has almost identical features to the aurora borealis and changes simultaneously with changes in the northern auroral zone and is visible from high southern latitudes in Antarctica, South America, New Zealand and Australia.

Aurora over Lake Superior