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The northern lights. Earth's sky

The northern lights. Earth's sky

While enjoying the magnificent weather in the cosmos on a magnificent summer afternoon, in mid-July 2004, astronomer Philippe Moussette captured this colorful panorama with a "fisheye" lens looking north from the Mont Cosmos Observatory, Quebec, Canada, planet Earth.

In the foreground, the lights along the northern horizon give an orange hue to the low clouds. But high above the clouds, at altitudes of 100 kilometers or more, are the captivating green and purple nuances of the northern lights or northern lights, a glow fueled by particles charged with energy at the edge of outer space.

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