Photos for scientific name: Aurora Borealis

Photo gallery for Aurora Borealis, the scientific name for the amazing Northern Lights.

The words Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) are latin for "the dawn of the north", and were first used by Galileo in circa 1620 to describe the red northern lights phenomenon.

The aurora borealis is caused through the interaction between solar wind and the earths magnetic field. At times the lights appear as streams across the night sky from west to east and other times they dance and wave rhythmically as veils of red, yellow, green and blue.

The common name is Northern Lights (northern hemisphere) and the corresponding "Aurora australisis" in the southern hemisphere have a common name of Southern Lights.

Make sure to see all our Northern Lights Photos and Pictures. We also have a great story online about the Aurora borealis.


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Can be seen outside the arctic too but best chances to see the northern lights are in the high...
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A show of Northern Lights dance in the night sky over Malcolm Island off the coast of Northern...
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A colourful photo of streams of light in shades of magenta and green above Sointula on Malcolm...
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Northern Lights dancing above an...
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The arctic landscape is lit by...
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Rhythmic strands of light called...
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At times of high activity the...
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The Illumination of the Vehicles...
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The Brooks Range provides a...
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Colorful Aurora borealis, better...
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Bed and Breakfast in remote Alaska
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The eerie green plume of the...
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The Northern Lights give a...
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Northern Alaska is one of the...
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The sky comes alive in the...
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The Northern lights around Port...
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