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The night sky is a dark place, with only the moon and stars to cast any light. But throughout the long winters high in the northern hemisphere there are nights that are illuminated with spectacular displays of green and blue light dancing across the skies. We are talking, of course, about the Northern Lights. The Aurora borealis, to give them their proper name.

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This NASA image shows NGC 5194. M51's stretch of over 60,000 light-years dwarf its companion galaxy, NGC 5195. Credit: Hubble Space Telescope, NASA.

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from Mail Online

A galaxy not so far away: Salt Lake City photographer captures spectacular images of our own Milky Way arched over the pillars and canyons of Utah

Royce Blair photographs the Milky Way over Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming with incandescent lighting & flash. Gorgeous.

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Full Moon Before the Lunar Eclipse – Amazing Pictures - Plan Your Trip with UKKA.co. Find the Place, do booking Flight, Reserve the Hotel on UKKA.co Free Online Travel Planner

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from The Huffington Post

These Are The Most Jaw-Dropping Space Photos Of The Year

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Blue Flame, Colour photograph (Giclée) by Shane Lamb. Alaskan night sky is dark from August to April. The Aurora is a natural light display caused by charged particles from the sun interacting with the earth's atmosphere. When these particles collide with oxygen, yellows and greens are produced, with nitrogen they produce reds, violets and rarely blues

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