Tue, February 28, 2012
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Spectacular northern lights

2012-02-28 05:33:39 GMT2012-02-28 13:33:39(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

The aurora borealis is seen over the town of Hyvinkaa in southern Finland October 31, 2003. The aurora is very visible at the moment as a result of a second huge magnetic solar storm hitting the Earth on Thursday. (REUTERS/ LEHTIKUVA / Pekka Sakki)

A band of Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, stretches over the Chugach Range near Palmer, Alaska in this February file photo. Scientists think they have discovered the energy source of the spectacular color displays seen in the northern lights. (AP Photo/Bob Martinson, FILE)

In this photo taken Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, the aurora borealis, or northern lights, light up the sky above the village of Ersfjordbotn, near Tromso, northern Norway.

In this March 9, 2011 file photo, the aurora borealis, or northern lights, fill the sky above the Takotna, Alaska checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Some folks are predicting 2012 will be a banner year for viewing the northern lights. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen, FILE)

The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, are seen near the city of Tromsoe, northern Norway, late Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Scanpix Norway, Rune Stoltz Bertinussen)

The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, are seen near the city of Tromsoe, northern Norway, late Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Scanpix Norway, Rune Stoltz Bertinussen)

An Aurora Borealis spins above the Talkeetna Range and a hay field on Farm Loop Road near Palmer, Alaska, on Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. (AP Photo/Bob Martinson)

The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, occurs when energy particles from the sun interact with the earth’s magnetic field.

(Agencies)

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