Tuesday, March 3, 2009

An eyefull of beauty...


Sometimes the full beauty of the night sky is best experienced without any visual aid, as illustrated by this image of the Northern Lights and the constellation Orion seen from outside the city of Ester, Alaska. The Northern Lights form when charged particles from the sun flow through twisted bundles of magnetic fields that connect Earth's upper atmosphere to the sun.

6 comments:

suZen said...

Awesome! We saw that one night when we were out on our boat on the lake in Northern Wisconsin. The shape shifting and colors are absolutely unreal - there were dozens of shooting stars that night too. Is that common? We only saw it once but it is unforgetable!
suZen

Rikkij said...

Love the Northern Lights! Grew up in MN and lived a short time in Alaska. And I'm a green kinda guy anyway-hmm. maybe that's why. Thanks for sharin~Rick

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Absolutely amazing!

Sheila :-)

Deedee said...

I saw the aurora once years ago here in Massachusetts, and I had no idea what it was. I thought there had been a nuclear accident! It was beautiful, though - filled the entire sky with color!

Veronica said...

Stunning! something i'd love to see one day...

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Breathtakingly beautiful !
One day I hope to experience this amazing show from Mother Nature !