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Polar Lights: Aurora Polaris

Polar Lights: Aurora Polaris

Icon May 8, 2015
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bot-background112Have you ever traveled around the world and witnessed a natural phenomenon, or maybe a wonder of the world? Well, if you haven’t then the one to see is Aurora Polaris, also known as polar lights. These polar lights are a natural phenomenon found in both the northern and southern hemispheres and are caused by an awe-inspiring occurrence.

This origin of this began on the surface of the sun when solar activity ejects a cloud of gas, or what scientists like to refer to as a coronal mass ejection. When on of these ejections reaches Earth, it collides with its magnetic field, causing a complex change to happen to the magnetic tail region. These changes then generate currents of charged particles, which flow along lines of magnetic force into the Polar Regions. Boosted into the Earth’s upper atmosphere with energy, there they collide with oxygen and nitrogen atoms producing the glorious light you’ll see.

These lights can be seen from anywhere in the world, however more often than not you will come across this wonder more frequently at higher altitudes and near places like Alaska, Antarctica and other places closer to the poles. In some places like Alaska and Greenland, they might be visible most nights of the year. However, these lights will occur during any time of the day, but we can only see them with the naked eye if it is dark.

So, if you’re interested in seeing such a beautiful site, a natural phenomenon and a wonder of the world, be sure to visit somewhere you can see the polar lights on your next vacation.

 

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