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Your Scene: Northern lights in Fairbanks, Alaska

A daily feature highlighting photos from Times readers.

April 07, 2011
  • The northern lights in Fairbanks, Alaska.
The northern lights in Fairbanks, Alaska. (jkunimoto )

Times reader "jkunimoto" shot this photo of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights, during a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska. "I was not able to see the aurora at its fullest, but I was still happy to see something," she said.

Aurora borealis occur when atomic particles in the Earth's upper atmosphere strike atoms. This interaction causes light of varying wavelengths to be released, producing bands of color in a zone around the North Pole. The effect may be magnified during solar activity, such as during the solar flare in February.

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-- Jason La

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