|Aurora Shimmer, Meteor Flash|
or aurora borealis, haunted
over the island of Kvaløya, near Tromsø Norway on
This 30 second long exposure records their shimmering
glow gently lighting the wintery coastal scene.
A study in contrasts, it also captures the sudden flash of
a fireball meteor from
Geminid meteor shower.
Streaking past familiar stars in the handle of the
Big Dipper, the trail points back
toward the constellation Gemini, off the top of the view.
Both aurora and meteors occur in Earth's upper atmosphere at altitudes
of 100 kilometers or so, but
caused by energetic charged particles from the
while meteors are trails of cosmic dust.
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