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13-NOV-2012

As the electrons enter the earth's upper atmosphere, they will encounter atoms of oxygen and nitrogen at altitudes from 20 to 200 miles above the earth's surface. The color of the aurora depends on which atom is struck, and the altitude of the meeting.

Green - oxygen, up to 150 miles in altitude
Red - oxygen, above 150 miles in altitude
Blue - nitrogen, up to 60 miles in altitude
Purple/violet - nitrogen, above 60 miles in altitude

All of the magnetic and electrical forces react with one another in constantly shifting combinations. These shifts and flows can be seen as the auroras "dance," moving along with the atmospheric currents that can reach 20,000,000 amperes at 50,000 volts. (In contrast, the circuit breakers in your home will disengage when current flow exceeds 15-30 amperes at 120 volts.)

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XiaoBernard9927-May-2013 15:35
We are not on the earth , in SF Movie, far of our problem, in a land of gorgeous colors and fairy forms
anne27-Feb-2013 14:41
AMAZING !!.....VV
rocky27-Feb-2013 02:38
Amazing image and interesting commentary! =V=
Russell Tunny22-Feb-2013 04:52
Excellent image & the commentary to go with this has me in awe of the forces that produce this. V!
Alexander Kazakov16-Feb-2013 05:31
Great! BV
Steve Morris14-Feb-2013 11:11
Love that shot Yiannis and great info!BV
meekam tam14-Feb-2013 02:09
Fantastic capture of the auroras with excellent explanation! V
Pentti Kyyronen11-Feb-2013 12:44
Very beautiful aurora with breathtaking colors !! The house enjoys the view, as well, and is almost burning !
Alina05-Feb-2013 01:59
wow, it looks fantastic!
Hans-Peter Henriksen starman03-Feb-2013 15:04
You must be very proude of this excellent shot. V
George02-Feb-2013 00:38
Amazing Display! V
Bill Robinson01-Feb-2013 23:45
It must have been an amazing display Yiannis, what a fantastic sight.
laine01-Feb-2013 07:32
How beautiful it would be to actually be there and see this !!
Barry Moore01-Feb-2013 07:23
A fantastic image and description is perfect. ~V~
Sam_C01-Feb-2013 03:59
Stunning shot Yiannis! You really nailed this one! V++
godro31-Jan-2013 22:37
Beautiful beautiful!!!!
Terje Hamnes31-Jan-2013 22:16
Magnificent!
tinkerb31-Jan-2013 21:44
Whatever to the science -just love the magic!
Nestor31-Jan-2013 18:36
This an amazing sight, you captured it perfectly.
Extraordinary in the wide format.
Vote 10+
Natasha C31-Jan-2013 16:28
Wonderful capture with that little house. Big vote!!
jean-yves chamberland31-Jan-2013 15:31
awesome image!
CM Kwan31-Jan-2013 12:30
This is sure a winner, Yiannis. V
Mike H.31-Jan-2013 05:44
Masterfully captured! Appreciate the interesting info about it too.
Cindi Smith31-Jan-2013 03:44
Oh wow! Someday I would love to witness this! Amazing! V
Claude Gagnon31-Jan-2013 01:40
Fantastic shot! Bravo :)) V
Robert Ballard31-Jan-2013 01:31
Pretty amazing
Stephanie31-Jan-2013 00:14
Wow!!! Beautiful!!! BV
John More31-Jan-2013 00:11
Beautiful capture
Chris Spracklen30-Jan-2013 20:16
Fabulous shot of this extraordinary scene, Yiannis. *V*
Marco Valk30-Jan-2013 18:09
Spectacular shot and a wonderful composition!
bill friedlander30-Jan-2013 18:09
Incredible! The northern lights are fantastic on their own, but the red hut adds much intensity! V
Wolfgang Bluhm30-Jan-2013 18:02
stunning
Martin Lamoon30-Jan-2013 16:12
What a wonderful display in the sky so well captured. v
globalgadabout30-Jan-2013 15:06
vibrant and spectacular...you must have been thrilled at this scene too..V
Carol Rollins30-Jan-2013 13:08
WOW! Fantastic image. Love the light on the building. Great capture, Yiannis.
rousselziak30-Jan-2013 06:45
WoW ! Fantastic shot ! -V-
Sam Rua30-Jan-2013 04:49
Beautiful capture, Yiannis. Well done all around. V
Frank Brault30-Jan-2013 04:41
A magnificent fairy tale presented as an image. V
Hank Vander Velde30-Jan-2013 03:35
Most BEAUTIFUL Yiannis.
Mildred Alpern30-Jan-2013 02:04
Little red monopoly hotel, suits this scheme so well...gorgeous image
Gill Kopy30-Jan-2013 01:40
Have to ditto the "amazing" comments - a wonderful shot V
woody3429-Jan-2013 22:56
Totally amazing , those incredible colours...beautiful...V
Pete Hemington29-Jan-2013 22:47
A real stunning shot
Graeme29-Jan-2013 21:58
wow this is incredible, Yiannis...VVV!
Ken Chambers ARPS29-Jan-2013 20:14
A beautiful work of nature that I have never seen.
Simon Chandler29-Jan-2013 20:13
Totally amazing! What a stunning image! v
Char29-Jan-2013 20:04
Absolutely breath-taking Yiannis! \/
Herbey Morales29-Jan-2013 18:50
Absolutely beautiful! v
Anitta Vuorisola29-Jan-2013 17:56
Love your auroras! Such an incredible image! V
carol j. phipps29-Jan-2013 17:54
Another exciting capture well framed.
danad29-Jan-2013 17:27
A wonderful and spectral capture. BV !
joseantonio29-Jan-2013 17:20
That light over that little house is just amazing.V
Tom LeRoy29-Jan-2013 16:52
A beautiful sight, this is a great shot of this natural wonder. V
Christy VB29-Jan-2013 16:37
Mesmerizing. Unique that the house "glows" red.
Jim Coffman29-Jan-2013 16:26
Simply fantastic,Yiannis!!!
Gérard Koehl29-Jan-2013 15:09
Wow... Quelle merveille. V