Our earth is pelted by energy cast from the explosions of stars. Cataclysmic storms burst from the surface of the sun, sending tsunamis of solar wind to the boundaries of the universe.
Nearing the edge of our galaxy, the waves reach the earth and are drawn to the magnetic poles. As they pass through the polar atmosphere the celestial floods flouresce and light the night sky in one of nature's grandest spectacles.
Aurora borealis. Living light blossoms, collapses and regathers in an orchestral display of color and motion.
Aurora borealis is a celestial phenomenon of winter and the wee hours of the night, named by Galileo after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek god of the north wind, Boreas. Her southern sister is called aurora australis.
Photo Credits (top to bottom): Pixabay, Billy Idle, Odda Norlys, Tor Even, Arnar Valimarsson.