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Amazing Auroras: Breathtaking Northern Lights Photos of 2015

Tall, Bright, Fast Aurora

Chad Blakley / www.lightsoverlapland.com

Despite a space weather forecast of limited aurora activity, a tall band of green and striking red appeared over Sweden's Abisko National Park on 16 February 2015, captured in near real time by photographer Chad Blakley / www.lightsoverlapland.com

Aurora Over Talkeetna, Alaska, in January 2015

Dora Miller/www.AuroraDora.com

Astrophotographer Dora Miller, who goes by the nickname of "Aurora Dora," sent in a photo of an auroral display taken in Talkeetna, Alaska, on Jan. 7, 2015.

Alaska Under an Aurora

NASA (via Twitter as @NASA_Astronauts)

On Feb. 12, 2015, astronaut Butch Wilmore tweeted this photo taken from the International Space Station, writing: "'#Alaska sleeping under #Aurora' #AstroButch."

Four Rockets Launch with Aurora

NASA/Jamie Adkins

A composite image of all four rockets launched from the Poker Flats Research Range on Jan. 26, back dropped by an incredible showing of the northern lights. Each image is a 30-second exposure.

Guide to the Auroras (Infographic) Alternate

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. See how the northern lights work in this Space.com infographic.

Aurora Over Kiruna, Sweden

Mia Stålnacke

Astrophotographer Mia Stålnacke contributed an undated photo of an auroral display over Kiruna, Sweden.

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