The breathtaking beauty of one of nature’s most spectacular events has been captured in this series of fascinating images.
On special nights far from the equator, the sky is illuminated with a dazzling celestial light show.
The aurora borealis and the northern lights occur when cosmic radiation strikes electrically charged particles in Earth’s atmosphere.
The spectacular results have been captured in a series of 25 winning images selected in the Capture the Atlas Northern Lights Photographer of the Year competition.
This year’s winners include images taken in countries such as the United States, Russia, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Australia, Canada, and Antarctica.
They show fascinating bands of luminous green light playing in the night sky over frozen fjords, snow-covered pine forests and seas packed with icebergs.
One of the images, taken by photographer Benjamin Eberhard, looks like something out of a science fiction movie.
The image, titled “Antarctic Night”, shows a vast sky streaked with bands of green, orange and yellow over the futuristic-looking Ice Cube Neutrino Observatory.
Benjamn said: “This image shows an intense and colorful aurora over the IceCube Neutrino observatory at the South Pole and is part of a longer time-lapse series.
“The South Pole is probably one of the most remote and challenging environments for photography, and it’s exhausting for both humans and technology.
“To achieve 24-hour time-lapse shots, you need some creativity to heat up and insulate your rig to keep it running, and even spinning, in temperatures ranging from -80ºC (-112ºF).”
See some of the other amazing photos below.
Spinning and shining …
Pressing and flashing …
Iridescent Northern Lights …
Make winter nights magical …
From pole to pole.
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