Waterfall, Iceland
Photograph by Hordur Finnbogason, My ShotThis is an image I have had on my mind to get for three years. To align the waterfall and northern lights that are strong enough to light up the whole surroundings. At last it happened and I was at the right place at the right time. Godafoss means Waterfall of the Gods and takes its name from the old Nordic sagas.

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Aurora Borealis, Svalbard
Photograph by Max Edin, Your ShotI was visiting Longyearbyen, Svalbard, way up over the Arctic Circle, when I decided one clear night to go out and photograph the stars. After I made it to the location I’d chosen and had set up my exposure, the most beautiful aurora borealis show I’ve ever witnessed happened right overhead. The full moon at the time helped brighten up the foreground, creating this image.
Green Light
Photo and caption by Teava MagyariIt was during a dark winter night in the northern part of Scandinavia. I had always dreamt of seeing these magical lights.

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Night Light
Photograph by Kwon O. Chul, TWANRibbons of light curl over the town of Yellowknife in northern Canada in a picture of January auroras released this week.
The photographer digitally stitched together a 360-degree panorama of the aurora-filled sky to create this “crystal ball” effect.

(See pictures of the first big aurora show of 2011.)
Curtains for Kvaløya
Photograph by Fredrik BromsA garland of northern lights hangs above the island of Kvaløya in northern Norway on January 8.
High auroral activity in the first weeks of the new year peaked on January 7 and 8 around the Arctic Circle. But high-latitude sky watchers were treated to plenty more in the following days. Near Tromsø, Norway, on January 12, auroras began at 6 p.m. and kept up the show for the next 12 hours.
During its peak the northern lights were so bright they could be seen from as far away as Northern Ireland, according to a report on spaceweather.com.
Leave a Light On
Photograph courtesy Peter RosénNorthern lights sweep above a cabin in Abisko in northern Sweden on January 7. “The entire sky opened up like a beautiful inferno,” photographer Peter Rosén told spaceweather.com. “Red, blue and green like a dancing queen on the sky.”
The solar ejections that cause auroras can also create geomagnetic storms that can affect spacewalking astronauts, Earth-orbiting satellites, and even communications and power systems on the ground.
Kryptonite Haze
Photograph by Thilo BubekA streak of auroral light mimics the curve of an illuminated bridge near Sommarøya in northern Norway on January 7.
The glowing display of curtains, arcs, and bands in the sky is called aurora borealis, or northern lights, in the Northern Hemisphere and aurora australis, or southern lights, in the Southern Hemisphere.