What are Polar Lights?

Polar Lights are one of the most spectacular shows mother nature can offer us. Polar lights can appear in the sky near the North and South Poles. Polar lights are also known as aurora that can be boralis (north pole) and australis (south pole). An aurora is a natural light display in the sky, particularly in the arctic and antarctic regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high-altitude atmosphere.

Earth is constantly “bombed” by high-energy electrons and protons that originate at the sun, what is known as solar winds, and collide with the Earth’s atmosphere. The Earth’s magnetic field directs the charged particles to the Earth’s magnetic poles. This is why near the poles is way easiest to see the auroras. The movement of these charged particles also causes electricity, which serves to further excite the molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere.

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