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Milkyway Aurora Panorama by Tony Prower-- oh wow, this is gorgeous. I love night photography, and when it catches natural brilliance, it's all the better!

Whisper of the Wind by Dave Brosha - This image won 1st Runner-Up at the 2010 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Awards.

A starry night and swirling Aurora - what more could you want? This photo was aptly titled "Whisper of the Wind" by photographer Dave Brosha

An aurora is a natural light display in the sky (from the Latin word aurora, "sunrise" or the Roman goddess of dawn), predominantly seen in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions. Auroras are caused by charged particles, mainly electrons and protons, entering the atmosphere from above causing ionization and excitation of atmospheric constituents, and consequent optical emissions.

Photograph Aurora @ Reykjanes peninsula iceland by Gunnar Gestur Geirmundsson on



aurora borealis/australis; arctic/antarctic lights; northern/southern lights.

aurora borealis/australis; arctic/antarctic lights; northern/southern lights.


"A coronal mass ejection hit Earth's magnetic field on Oct. 2012 sparking a dramatic display of Arctic lights . The Aurora appears to be casting rays of green sunlight through the clouds. Hugo Løhre photographed the auroras over Lekangsund, Norway,

Spiral aurora

Spiral Aurora and Winter Tree Incredible Aurora Photo by Nori Sakamoto Yellowknife, Northwest Territories/Canada.

Northern Lights --Someday I am going to go to Alaska or Norway and stay there until I see some lights!!!

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011 shortlist – in pictures

Excited to Ground State, photo by Ole C Salomonsen for The Royal Observatory, UK. The aurora borealis over mountains in Ulsfjord, Norway