Northern lights dazzle Northern Hemisphere
A spectacular solar event over the weekend provided a stunning showing of the northern lights, or aurora borealis. This image by Stefan Ingvar Gudmundsson from Iceland captures the lights appearing to curl around the Snaefellsjokull glacier.
March 19th, 2013
04:39 PM ET

Northern lights dazzle Northern Hemisphere

They are one of nature's most spectacular sites: The aurora borealis, or northern lights as they are known, have captivated onlookers for thousands of years.

This past weekend saw a particularly stunning display following a phenomenon known as a coronal mass ejection, where the sun spews a burst of particles into space that reach Earth one to three days later.

Bursts toward earth can cause electromagnetic storms when they react with the Earth's magnetic field, resulting in an explosion of color in the sky.


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  3. Cosmotologist

    As a scientist I think the northern lights are pretty.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:32 am |
  4. Beavis

    These northern lights prove man never went to the moon. They are caused by deadly radiation that would fry an astronauts innerds in seconds.

    March 19, 2013 at 9:17 pm |
    • Ken

      Any human encountering the level of radiation necessary to produce the northern lights would instantly perish. No amount of tin foil as used on the Apollo ships would protect living organisms from such a catastrophic fate.

      March 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm |
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    March 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
  6. Cal Newlan

    The Northern Lights are nothing compared to the light of God!

    March 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • fimeilleur

      Dude... this is a science blog... nobody cares about your delusions.

      March 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
      • Cal Newlan

        You care, "dude."

        March 19, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
      • fimeilleur

        Only to the point where I hope you never reproduce or succeed in propogating your hate filled beLIEfs on anyone else... other than that... Nope!

        March 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
      • Cal Newlan

        Sassy gal!

        March 19, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
      • fimeilleur


        March 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm |


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