Aurora Borealis, the colored lights seen in the skies around the North Pole, the Northern Lights, from Bear Lake, Alaska, Beautiful Christmas Scene, Winter Star Filled Skies, Scenic Nature

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    Higher than the highest mountain, higher than the highest airplane, lies the realm of the aurora.

    Aurora rarely reach below 60 kilometers, and can range up to 1000 kilometers. Aurora light results from solar shockwave causing energetic electrons and protons to striking molecules in the Earth's atmosphere.

    Frequently, when viewed from space, a complete aurora will appear as a circle around one of the Earth's magnetic poles.

    The above digitally enhanced photograph was taken in 2005 January shows a spectacular aurora borealis above the frozen landscape of Bear Lake, Alaska, USA. Credit: Joshua Strang, USAF

    This image or file is a work of a U.S. Air Force Airman or employee, taken or made during the course of the person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image or file is in the public domain.

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    1. @logoscoaching 63 months ago | reply

      Hello, I thought your pic was so lovely I put it on my blog.

      You can check it out here

      super shot!

    2. WillSpirit-M [deleted] 63 months ago | reply

      I love the photo. It fits with an entry in my noncommercial blog,, so I copied it from your collection in CreativeCommons. The image will link back to your photostream. Let me know if you object to my use of your photograph, and I'll remove it. Otherwise, thank you!

    3. meeralee 61 months ago | reply

      Hi, there. I edit a free online science magazine called Inkling, and since you were kind enough to share this photo under a Creative Commons license that allows remixes, I used it to illustrate an article we recently published about the flipping of the Earth's magnetic poles. Thanks for your generosity and I hope you enjoy the article!

    4. francesco.chillari 53 months ago | reply

      Wow fabulous capture!

      I would really like to see the nothern lights by my own eyes (and camera)

      just added to my favs

      visit also my Fotostream!
      I would appreciate any comments

    5. dcatwell 52 months ago | reply

      Absolutely gorgeous.

    6. flickrolf 52 months ago | reply

      Please add this LIGHTSCAPE
      to our new contest
      "The Perfect Winter Idyll" here
      and in the group
      Exquisite LIGHTSCAPES (Post 1 Invite 1)

      Found in a search. (?)

    7. Beverly & Pack 50 months ago | reply

      Another version.

    8. cocreators 47 months ago | reply

      What are the digital enhancements to the original? Obviously, water was added to the later version.

    9. branhay123 47 months ago | reply

      I uesed to be told stories by my parents when i was little, and i imagined it to be this beautiful

    10. Pan.101 46 months ago | reply

      Really nice.

    11. Nuno Miguel Duarte 46 months ago | reply

      great capture, instant fav!

    12. quenoteam 45 months ago | reply

      Precioso trabajo!!!!!

      Brilliantly done!
      I saw this Excellent image in the
      Explore The Beautiful 探索美麗(invite only)group

      commented with FlickrComment

    13. IITW 40 months ago | reply

      Wow, amazing!

    14. chatulistiwa 40 months ago | reply

      Please let me use your photo to wishes Happy New Year on my blogsite. Thank you very much for your photo sharing to everyone to make some like study the God' s mighty. Yours : Hadi

    15. MusicBox Greetings 31 months ago | reply

      Thank you for sharing this photo under the Creative Commons license. I wanted to let you know that I included it as part of a greeting entitled "A Wish For You" and credited you in the description area along with a link back here.

    16. blackjm1611 13 months ago | reply

      this is totally amazing photo. we use it here thank you so much

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