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Yellowknife
Seeing the Northern Lights is on top of many travel lovers’ wish lists - but the lucky few who do often fail to capture their unearthly beauty on camera.
But as these incredible images show, astrophotographer O Chul Kwon has managed to do just that.
The amazing aurora light show was snapped near the town of Yellowknife, known as one of the world’s finest Northern Lights watching destinations.
‘So I had set my camera as continuous mode and started shooting. It turned out my prediction was right.’ He added: ‘The auroras were so bright that they not only inspired awe, but were easily visible on an image exposure of only 1.3 seconds. ‘Tourists, many there just to see auroras, respond with cheers. The conical dwellings on the image right are teepees.’
Aurora borealis - or aurora australis if seen in the southern hemisphere - is a natural light show, especially seen in the high latitude Arctic and Antarctic regions, such as Norway and North Canada.
The flourescent bands of light are produced by the collision of charged particles from Earth’s magnetosphere, mostly electrons but also protons and heavier particles, with atoms and molecules of Earth’s atmosphere at altitudes above 80 km.
The particles originate from the Sun and reach the Earth in the stream of solar wind.