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article imageCanada releases new stunning photos of aurora borealis

By David Silverberg     Mar 20, 2013 in Science
The Canada Space Agency released new images of the northern lights hovering over Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories.
The photos were taken by the Agency's AuroraMax Observatory, where a live camera turns on automatically once the Sun sets below the horizon in Yellowknife. This year, the imager captured the northern lights above the observatory, via its Twitter feed.
The images below show early highlights from 2013, including several auroras caused by a coronal mass ejection (a massive burst of charged particles from the sun) that approached Earth on March 17.
Areas such as Sweden and Norway, Iceland and Finland, Alaska and Canada's Northwest Territories are prime viewing areas for the northern lights, because that's where the interactions between Earth's poles and the sun's geomagnetic storms are strongest, as NBC News explains.
More images of the light display also known as aurora borealis can be found on Spaceweather.com's gallery page.
Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife  Canada
Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife, Canada
Via Canada Space Agency Twitter feed
Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife  Canada
Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife, Canada
Via Canada Space Agency Twitter feed
Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife  Canada
Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife, Canada
Via Canada Space Agency Twitter feed
Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife  Canada
Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife, Canada
Via Canada Space Agency Twitter feed
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