No, these are not images of an alien invasion or pictures from a different planet. They are actually amazing photos of the Aurora Borealis, the bright dancing lights that are collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere.
The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. In the north, they are known as ‘Aurora borealis’ and in the south, ‘Aurora australis’.
Auroral displays appear in many colours although pale green and pink are the most common. According to the Northern Lights Centre, shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have been reported. The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow.
These amazing photos of the Aurora Borealis will make you wonder, “Is this really earth?”
1. Wow, imagine camping with this view!
Camping with a view 🙌 . . . My buddy Jeff and I went camping at McHugh Peak in Alaska, 4000+ ft high. It was my first legit winter camping and I felt horrible and under prepared. The winds picked up real bad which lowered the RealFeel temperature. I brought my camera and tripod setup to take photos of our tent at night, but as soon as we set-up the tent, I told myself that there was no leaving the tent unless I had to because I was really cold. Then 3 am came, Jeff went out to use the potty, and he saw that the northern lights were out. He immediately woke me up, and I said there was no way I was leaving. But, it was so intense that I couldn't pass up the opportunity. I braved the cold, went outside, and took a lot of photos! So here we are with this image, which I am so glad I went out for it. . . . #alaska #auroraborealis
Many cultural groups have legends about the lights. In Roman myths, Aurora was the goddess of the dawn and in medieval times, the occurrences of auroral displays were seen as harbingers of war or famine. For the Maori of New Zealand, as well as many northern people of Europe and North America, they believed that the lights were reflections from torches or campfires.
2. There is something incredibly soothing about this photo.
The Menominee Indians of Wisconsin believed that the lights indicated the location of manabai’wok (giants) who were the spirits of great hunters and fishermen. The Inuit of Alaska believed that the lights were the spirits of the animals they hunted: the seals, salmon, deer and beluga whales.
3. This looks like someone took a paint brush and painted the sky.
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Other aboriginal peoples believed that the lights were the spirits of their people.
4. Just breathtaking…
5. This looks like a scene from a movie.
6. We all need to find this cabin and experience this at least once.
Wow!! Imagine spending the night (or 10) in this chalet watching the northern lights. Tag someone you'd take with you. Make sure to follow me for more daily inspiration and amazing pics. #chalet #chalets #northernlights #aruraborialis #snow #winter #cosy #holiday #rich #riches #richlife #richlifestyle #wealth #wealthy #wealthylife #inspire #inspired #inspiration #inspirational Credit to kakslauttanen.fi for the pic. All rights and credits are reserved to the respective owners...
7. The Aurora Borealis AND and igloo? Simply amazing.
8. This looks like a magic bird flew in the sky and left a trail of magic lights.
9. The reflection just makes this twice as special.
10. This looks like the green glow is coming from the lake. Magical!
Hey again! @vjens is back for my second photo of the day! This photo is taken this Christmas, from my favoriteplace Stornes, and shows the fantastic northernlights. The weather had not been good this Christmas, but in the evening at christmas day, the sky cleared up for a couple houers, before starting snowing again. I headed out in a hurry when the weather window were open. I managed to get some shots from the seaside of Stornes and With a view over the fjord to the Mountains Gjøvarden and Maurtinden. I also got a Nice reflection of the northernlights in the sea. I was a great evening! For more of my photos, you can visit my account @vjens. Thank you for checking out my photos. I shoot this photo With my Nikon D7100, lens 16mm, iso 2500, 8 sec, f.2.8 #nordlys#northernlights#auroraborealis#norge#norway#longexpolite#sky#nature#reflection Want to be featured? Use the hashtag #universetoday and we'll check out your pictures.
11. Just wow.
Who would stay here? #ServeYourPurpose #Beautiful @ghetto_luxury ・・・ I would totally take a small log cabin in the woods over a penthouse in a city. . 🌎🌲🌺🐿🐝 <- That's where it's at! . . #getoutstayout #ghettoluxury #igersrecommend #inghamsholidays #exploretocreate #photographyislife #aurora #auroraborealis #auroraborealblog #logcabin #modernoutdoorsman #modernoutdoors #adventurethatislife #adventurevisuals #adventurepic #lapland #arctic
12. I could just imagine E.T. in the bicycle basket heading up to the stars.
Featured image of the Aurora Borealis via Instagram/@stardustimages.