Washington: What appears to be one of the most beautiful things in the world, is in fact, the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere.
With the “day—night band” (DNB) of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), the Suomi NPP satellite acquired a view of the Aurora Borealis.
This happened when a huge mass of energetic particles from the sun smashed into the magnetic field around the Earth, stirring up a stunning display of northern lights, which was captured by a NASA satellite.
On December 22, the Suomi NPP satellite acquired a gorgeous view of the Nothern Lights and we’re crying because we weren’t there to actually see it.
It stretched from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut and Northwest Territories and the usual aurora oval.