The event known as The Aurora Borealis is a light display in the sky that occurs when charged solar winds strike particles high in the atmosphere. The phenomena is visible in the night sky of the Northern hemisphere. The lights are particularly impressive once in a decade, when the sun’s polar magnetic fields flip.
To understand more of why this happens, you’re gonna have to hit up your science teacher. What we can tell you is that they’re gorgeous. Check out the slideshow below for some of the most spectacular shots of the Northern Lights we’ve ever seen, taken by Alaska resident and photographer Dave Parkhurst.
Pink and violet aurora towers over 400 miles high in the south over Pioneer Peak. Photo: Dave Parkhurst
Ursa Major in the sky with the moon shining at the edge. Photo: Dave Parkhurst
Looking to the northwest above the central Chugach Mountains. Photo: Dave Parkhurst
After a lunar eclipse, the full moon above the summit of Denali. Photo: Dave Parkhurst
Yellow and pink silhouettes Lazy Mountain in the western Chugach range. Photo: Dave Parkhurst
Near the northern slopes of 6,398 foot Pioneer Peak. Photo: Dave Parkhurst
Just before a storm, the moon and an aurora rose together. Photo: Dave Parkhurst