Vertical Corona

October 18, 2001


Provided by: Duane Clausen, Northern Exposures Photography
Summary authors & editors: Duane Clausen

The ineraction between Sol and Earth creates some stunning visual phenomena for those watching at the right place and right time. This image captures what is commonly refered to as an auroral corona. Simply put the aurora appears to be radiating directly above. This image shows fingers and ribbons of teal rushing outward through the blush of rose. Aurora of this magnitude are rare at the latitude that this image was taken (Menominee, Michigan). The Earths magnetic field channels this solar radiation of sorts to the poles. The interaction of these charged particles from the sun with common atmospheric elements such as oxygen,hydrogen and nitrogen are what creates the colors.

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