10 Most Incredible Images of the Northern Lights


Solstice Lunar Eclipse 2010Photo: Francis Anderson

Every year, people are inspired to brave freezing temperatures while attempting to capture the Aurora Borealis. This natural phenomenon beats any man-made light show. Here are ten of the best Aurora Borealis photographs that were taken in 2010 and posted to Flickr under a Creative Commons license.

Aurora borealis - Hattavarre - TromsPhoto: Thomas Roskifte

Colorful Aurora Borealis in FinlandPhoto: Visit Finland

No matter how many times we see stunning pictures of the aurora borealis, we are still amazed and entranced by its beauty.

Aurora BorealisPhoto: Odd :)

Northern Lights in Lapland, FinlandPhoto: Visit Finland

Solar winds flowing around the Earth provide the energy source behind auroras.

Aurora Borealis timelapse HDPhoto: Tor Even Mathisen

Aurora Borealis - Northern LightsPhoto: Gunnar Þór Gunnarsson

Science can explain the varied colors through photon emissions, but the auroras were mystical and explained in varied shades of magic back in ancient times.

phenomenaPhoto: Nick Russill

Auroras were explained in Norse mythology as created by Valkyrior (warlike virgins) riding their horses in the sky while their spears and armor caused the colored flickering lights. Roman mythology credited Aurora, the goddess of dawn, as flying across the night sky, creating Northern Lights to announce the coming of dawn.

a windy night beneath the northern lightsPhoto: James Clear

Aurora Australis NASA, International Space Station SciencePhoto: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

This is Earth as seen from the International Space Station. Auroras have also been seen around Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune via the Hubble Space Telescope.

We thank all the photographers for sharing these stunning images with us.

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