Aurora Borealis 
by Paul Niquette
Copyright ©1997 by Paul Niquette. All rights reserved.
This picture was adapted from a most remarkable photograph of the Aurora Borealis {Definition} produced in the early seventies by a special instrument.

Aurora Borealis

Do you recognize the star pattern in the rest of the image? 



aurora (14th Century) 1: dawn 2 capitalized: the Roman goddess of dawn 3: a luminous phenomenon that consists of streamers or arches of light appearing in the upper atmosphere of a planet's magnetic polar regions and is caused by the emission of light from atoms excited by electrons accelerated along the planet's magnetic field lines

aurora borealis noun [New Latin, northern dawn] (1717): an aurora that occurs in earth's northern hemisphere--called also 'northern lights'; aurora australis [New Latin, southern dawn] (1741): an aurora that occurs in earth's southern hemisphere--called also 'southern lights.' 

-- Excerpted from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.