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The aurora borealis is a unique celestial display caused by charged particles from the sun interacting with the molecules and atoms in Earth's atmosphere. The result is mesmerising, brightly-colored streamers in the sky. These eight places across Canada are some of the best in the world for catching a glimpse of the ethereal northern lights.
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In a country renowned for its idyllic natural landscapes and breathtaking city skylines, pretty much any location in Canada makes for a great snapshot. Canadians love to take selfies with beautiful backdrops; even Drake's new album cover can attest to this.
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The phenomena of the aurora borealis (northern lights) and aurora australis (southern lights) have mesmerized humanity since the first sightings hundreds of years ago. The aurora borealis and aurora australis are the result of electrons colliding roughly 80 to 480 kilometres above the Earth's surface, guided by Earth's magnetic field to form two ovals roughly centred at the globe's magnetic poles.
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Earth may see some strong geomagnetic storm activity Wednesday.
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Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... solar winds?
Just a friendly reminder of Canada's jaw-dropping beauty.
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Every once in a while, Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show. A severe solar storm smacked Earth yesterday with a surprisingly big geomagnetic jolt, with the potential to affect power grids and GPS...
"Simply the most impressive display of northern lights I have ever experienced..."
Aurora borealis! At this altitude, at any time of day, in this part of the world, localized entirely in an airplane cabin?
Despite much anticipation, the northern lights failed to make an appearance in the Vancouver area. Experts advised going to areas with a clear northern horizon, away from light pollution for the best...