Camping under the stars - A lone adventurer braves the cold to witness the beauty of the Northern Lights glimmering throughout the night in the far reaches of Alaska in early Spring. The brilliant light show was being viewed near the remote town of Wiseman, Alaska where average low temperatures in January hover around -21 degrees Farenheit.
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Celestial circle of light - A wavy circular formation of light appears over the Smith Creek Dome and Midnight Dome Peaks in the far north region of Alaska. The Northern Lights are comprised of blue, green and red light. Other colors, such as pink and purple, can be found in different combinations of altitudes within the auroral curtain.
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Northern lights time lapse - This photo was taken on a 35 minute exposure, during the Aurora Borealis in Alaska's Arctic Circle. The image includes the Northern Star, and the surrounding stars take on a circular dimension as the earth rotates. The mountains lighted under the brilliant sky are the Smith Creek Dome and Midnight Dome Peaks.
Arctic Circle light display - A vibrant display of lights shines over Wiseman, Alaska during the peak time of the year to view the Aurora Borealis. This natural light display, also known as the Northern Lights, is produced by solar wind particles in earth's magnetic field. Here, an auroral curtain pattern fills the sky with waves undulating back forth with varying light intensity. This magnificent light display occurred during moonrise over the Smith Creek Dome, Midnight Dome Peaks.
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Lights over Wiseman - The Aurora Borealis shimmers spectacularly over a home in Wiseman, Alaska, The tiny town, with a population of about 14, was founded by gold miners. The closest major city is Fairbanks, Alaska, which sits about 260 miles south.
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Aurora Borealis shines over mountains - A unique northern lights pattern emerges over the Arctic Circle in Northern Alaska during early Spring above the tree-lined hills and snow-packed peaks. The aurora forms bands during periods of moderate-to-high solar activity and is most visible during times during the equinox, in early Spring and Fall, when the earth is farthest north or south of the sun's equator.
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Radiating night sky - Intense rays of light radiate through the night sky over the Smith Creek Dome and Midnight Dome Peaks just outside the tiny town of Wiseman, Alaska. The auroral rays line up along the earth's magnetic field, and can be several hundreds of miles long. Most auroras occur in a band known as the auroral zone but can expand to lower latitudes during geomagnetic storms
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An unearthly display - The bright dazzling lights of the Aurora Borealis dance in the night sky above the mountain peaks near Wiseman, Alaska. In the southern latitudes there is a similar phenomenon called the Aurora Australis.
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Solar activity lights the night - The sky fills with celestial waves of light above the wilderness of Alaska. Patterns formed by the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, take many forms including curtains, rays, bands and glowing blobs.
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Northern light display - A vibrant green and violet light show dazzles visitors at Wiseman, Alaska in early spring. Altitude effects the colors with blue violets and reds occurring low in the atmosphere. Bright green colors are strongest between 60-150 miles (100-240 km) above the earth. Ruby reds occur above 150 miles or 240 km.
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Lights dance over mountain tops - The lights of Aurora Borealis appear in the night skies over Alaska. The bright, glittering displays in the sky occur when gaseous particles collide. They are visible on many nights in areas close to the North Pole.
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Aurora Borealis lights up the night sky - Rays and curtains of colored light paint the horizon above the Smith Creek Dome and Midnight Dome Peaks in the far north region of Alaska known as the Arctic Circle.
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Colorful hues shimmer through night sky - The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, lights up the night sky over the remote wilderness of Alaska. The aurora is made up of blue, green and red light, with color variations occurring at different altitudes as varying levels of oxygen emit light. This natural phenomenon has the strongest aurora activity during spring and fall equinoxes.
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Cosmic sky - An auroral light display occurs over the Arctic Circle in Alaska. Auroras have been observed since ancient times, and tend to be more numerous and spectacular during high solar sunspot activity.
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Aurora Borealis ribbons - Stunning ribbons of undulating particles unfold over the trees and mountains in Northern Alaska. The display is created by charged particles colliding with atoms in the high-altitude atmosphere.
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Streams of light - Rays of brightly-colored lights appear over jagged mountain ranges in Alaska. The Northern Lights are best seen during spring and fall and are comprised of blue, green and red light. Other colors, such as pink and purple, can be found in different combinations of altitudes within the auroral curtain.
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