From The Trivia Vault: Aurorae

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Images of the aurora australis and aurora borealis from around the world, including those with rarer red and blue lights

Aurora australis and Aurora borealis from around the world

1. An aurora is a natural display of light that can be seen can see in the sky in the Arctic and Antarctic Regions.

2.¬†Aurorae occur when charged particles from the sun’s solar wind interact with Earth’s magnetic field at extremely high altitudes.

3. Aurorae get their spectacular colors from when oxygen and nitrogen particles mix with the charged particles in the atmosphere!

4. Oxygen usually causes a reddish-brown or green display, nitrogen causes a blue or red display and helium causes a blue or purple display.

5. Aurorae have even been found on Jupiter, Saturn and even Uranus and Neptune.


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