You Can Now See the Aurora Borealis on Google Maps

Thursday, 15 January 2015 - 4:44PM
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Thursday, 15 January 2015 - 4:44PM
You Can Now See the Aurora Borealis on Google Maps

The Aurora Borealis, or "Northern Lights," are one of the most beautiful spectacles that Earth has to offer, but they can usually only be seen from extremely high latitude regions. Now, anyone can see the Aurora using Google Maps, as they have just released a panoramic view of the Northern Lights in Finland.

 

A team from Google spent six nights in freezing weather until they caught a rare glimpse of the green lights with the Google mapping hardware. While you can see pictures of the Aurora Borealis anytime you want using- yes- Google images, this is all the more fun because it captured the team's specific viewing experience that just so happened to be on a snow-covered frozen lake. So just as you can use Google maps to be creepy and spy on people, now you can use it to zoom in on the Northern lights or "look around" you at a beautiful frozen lake in Finland.

 

Aurora Borealis

[Credit: Google] 

 

The Northern Lights are caused by charged particles, usually electrons and protons, entering the atmosphere from above. This causes the ionization and excitation of other particles in the atmosphere, which in turn causes the emission of colored light. They most commonly appear green, but at very high altitudes can appear red and at lower altitudes appear blue.

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