Comet Pan-STARRS and the Dancing Northern Lights (Photos)

Comet Pan-STARRS and Aurora Over Lapland

Chad Blakely/Lights Over Lapland

Astrophotographer Chad Blakely made a video of an auroral display with Comet Pan-STARRS. This still image shows the comet magnified. Video obtained March 20, 2013, in Abisko, Sweden.

Comet Pan-STARRS and Aurora Over Lapland - 2

Chad Blakely/Lights Over Lapland

Astrophotographer Chad Blakely made a video of an auroral display with Comet Pan-STARRS. This still image shows the comet circled at lower center. Video obtained March 20, 2013, in Abisko, Sweden.

Comet Pan-STARRS and Aurora Over Lapland - 3

Chad Blakely/Lights Over Lapland

Astrophotographer Chad Blakely made a video of an auroral display with Comet Pan-STARRS. This still image shows the comet as a small dot just above the vegetation at lower center. Video obtained March 20, 2013, in Abisko, Sweden.

Comet Pan-STARRS and Northern Lights: Tommy Eliassen

Space photographer Tommy Eliassen took this amazing photo of the Comet Pan-STARRS and northern lights from Meløy, Nordland, in Norway on March 19, 2013.

Come Pan-STARRS and Abisko Auroras: Chad Blakely

Astrophotographer Chad Blakely took this photo of comet Pan-STARRS and the northern lights over Abisko National Park in Sweden on March 23, 2013

Comet Pan-STARRS and Abisko Aurora: Chad Blakely

Astrophotographer Chad Blakely took this photo of comet Pan-STARRS and the northern lights over Abisko National Park in Sweden on March 23, 2013

Comet Pan-STARRS Over Jadwin, Missouri, March 20, 2013

Victor C. Rogus

Astrophotographer Victor C. Rogus sent in a photo of Comet Pan-STARRS taken March 20, 2013, in Jadwin, MO. [See his other photo in this gallery.] He writes: "As I look over my collection of images starting with March 11 until now, I see nightly changes in the comet. The direction of the tail comes to mind first, always away from the sun. Changes in color, at times, and also changes in the size of the coma." [See our FULL GALLERY of Comet Pan-STARRS Here]

Comet Pan-STARRS and Moon Over Woodside, CA

Steven Loy

Astrophotographer Steven Loy sent in this photo of comet Pan-STARRS and the moon taken from Windy Hill on Highway 35 (Skyline Blvd.) above Woodside, CA, on March 12, 2013. [See our FULL GALLERY of amazing photos of Comet Pan-STARRS and the moon together]

Comet Pan-STARRS Explained (Infographic)

Karl Tate, Space.com Infographics Artist

A fresh visitor from the icy Oort Cloud at the edge of the solar system, Comet Pan-STAARS brightens Earth's sky in March, 2013. [Read the Full Infographic Story]

Guide to the Auroras (Infographic)

Karl Tate, SPACE.com Contributor

The northern lights are more formally known as auroras, and are caused by interactions between the solar wind and the Earth's magnetic field. [Read the Full Infographic Story]

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