The northern lights: nature's most beautiful phenomenon

It's aurora season and the lights are making a rare appearance across the US and Europe

Stars Insider

24/03/23 | StarsInsider

TRAVEL Aurora borealis

The aurora borealis is a stunning natural phenomenon that blows away anyone lucky enough to catch a glimpse of it. Science says it is the result of sun particles colliding with the Earth's atmosphere, but Icelandic legends say the magical lights are angels dancing in the sky! This spectacular natural light show is usually associated with Europe's most northern countries like Iceland, Sweden, and Denmark, where it's most visible. 

However, this aurora season, which kicks off in March close to the spring equinox, the world is getting an extra-special visit. The northern lights have been visible in locations across northern US states and Europe with spectacular clarity. A geomagnetic storm was forecast to begin on March 23 which strengthens the appearance of the aurora borealis. Photos taken by skywatchers in the early morning on Friday, March 24, showed incredible pink and green light waves adorning the skies in France, England, and US states like Minnesota and Montana. Residents of these areas rarely see the northern lights, and certainly not with this level of visibility. Some lucky travelers whose planes passed through these northern regions on Friday morning felt as if they were flying through some exotic, far-flung galaxy. If the storm continues, the Space Weather Prediction Center says that the lights might dip as far south as London or Washington D.C. 

If you missed the live show, don't worry. Click on for dazzling photos of the phenomena and learn all about the aurora borealis. 

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