The aurora borealis, otherwise known as the northern lights, are a sight on many photographers’ and travelers’ bucket lists. However, since they are only visible from certain locations at specific times of the year, being in the right place at the right time can be a challenge. A trip to the Norwegian countries of Troms or Finnmark holds the best chance of seeing the lights, as they are visible on nearly every other clear night, but if you’re stuck in the Western hemisphere, things are a bit spottier. Although the phenomenon exists year round, it’s only visible in Alaska and Canada during winter months.
The vibrant colors of the northern lights are created when electrically charged particles from the sun collide with high-altitude air particles. Gases then determine what colors we see, for example, green results from oxygen and violet from nitrogen. While every sighting of the aurora borealis is unique and beautiful, this man captured something extra remarkable. As if his view wasn’t exciting enough already, it was enhanced by a rare superstorm and a falling star.
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