• The Big dipper in the constellation Ursa Major.
  • The Little Dipper in the constellation Ursa Minor. The North Star (Polaris) is at the end of the handle (lower right).
  • Queen Cassiopeia in the constellation Cassiopeia.

Northern Lights

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Fish-eye lens view of the northern lights taken mid July 2004.

Lights along the northern horizon give an orange cast to the low clouds while alluring green and purple hues of the aurora borealis or northern lights glow powered by energetic particles at the edge of space.

The Big Dipper in the constellation Ursa Major is on the left and on the right is Queen Cassiopeia in the constellation Cassiopeia. Between them in the middle, is the Little Dipper in the constellation Ursa Minor. The end of the Little Dipper’s handle is Polaris, known as the North Star.

Credit: Philippe Moussette at Observatoire Mont Cosmos, Quebec, Canada
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  1. pink079 67 months ago | reply

    wow- i am soo jealous you were able to experience this!! this is so beautiful!

  2. R_Moncada 67 months ago | reply

    beautiful colors.... I love how you have the constellations on the image. Very cool.... the universe is a true beauty.

  3. denny.lyon 59 months ago | reply

    OK... wow! Thanks for capturing this and sharing for the rest of us to enjoy!

  4. The_Circumference 58 months ago | reply


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  5. Prairiekittin 42 months ago | reply

    Seeing the Northern Lights has been a dream of mine.

  6. s.walton3 39 months ago | reply

    What a picture, Fantastic, Lost for words its just totaly perfect.

  7. Dawn Woodhouse 36 months ago | reply

    WoW - 1st level AWARD
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  8. StarmanMike 31 months ago | reply

    Excellent !!!

  9. sesibone 27 months ago | reply

    Wow! What a fantastic capture. Thank you for having this photo and sharing it with the rest of us Image Editor. This has inspired me to start another gallery.

  10. G.Killon 26 months ago | reply

    Stuning work

  11. artattackcat ~ Cat Kindsfather 13 months ago | reply

    Deliciously delightful.... stunning, one of the best I have seen for colors.

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