The village of Mestervik in Norway, located north of the Arctic Circle, recently got a fantastic view of the Northern Lights, one of the most spectacular natural phenomena on the planet. The colourful light displayprovides yet another reason to move to the Nordic region.
Most people are prevented from seeing this light show in person due to the location — the Northern Lights normally shine in remote places like Saskatchewan in Canada or Greenland.
Reuters photographer Yannis Behrakis recently took a trip to Norway and got some fantastic shots. We’ve pulled out some of the best.
The Northern Lights, also called auroras, are natural light displays in the sky that occur around the Poles.
Auroras are caused by the collision of solar wind with the Earth's atmosphere at an altitude between 60 and 400 miles above sea level.
Green auroras, like the one in the picture below, occur at a lower altitude and are easier to spot than red auroras.
They are most visible around the spring and autumn equinoxes, at the end of March and end of September.
They concentrate around the poles because the solar wind is attracted there by the Earth's magnetic field.
Technically, 'aurora borealis' are only those happening around the North Pole: when an aurora occurs at the South Pole it is called 'aurora australis'
Countries like Norway, Iceland, and Canada are famous for their auroras, but they are also visible in New Zealand and Chile,
It normally takes between 10 and 30 seconds to take a picture of a bright aurora with a standard DSLR camera.
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