The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora borealis, are a fantastic and almost magical sight to see. They can be seen in a number of places in the Northern Hemisphere, such as from the shores of Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada. You can see the lights here above an inukshuk statue in Churchill along with a bright full moon in the background.
These Northern Lights are a natural occurrence, usually best observed at night time and in the colder regions of the world, such as in Churchill Manitoba. They are called Aurora borealis in the northern region because they are named after the Roman Goddess of dawn, Aurora, and Boreas is the Greek name for north wind. They are also called the Northern Polar Lights.
They are best seen close to the magnetic North Pole, and they light up the sky as this green colour, or depending on where you are viewing them from they can appear red, as if they are lit up by the sun. They are best viewed here because it is darker longer in this area and the magnetic field is the strongest.
The inukshuk that can be seen beneath the lights is a man-made stone landmark, First Nations tribes built them for navigation, a reference point, or as a marker for some type of ground where it stands. They can be very difficult to construct as it involves balancing large rocks.
Northern Lights, Aurora borealis, above an inukshuk in the town of Churchill with a bright moon above Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/2.8, exposure time of 1/0.066666 sec. on ISO 200, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 16mm.
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