The aurora borealis is commonly known by what other name?
Northern lights is a common name for the Aurora Borealis in the Northern Hemisphere. An aurora is a natural light display in the sky. The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. They are known as 'Aurora borealis' in the north and 'Aurora australis' in the south. The displays appear in many colors although pale green and pink are the most common.
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