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Aurora borealis light up Antarctic Skies and Ice Hockey

The aurora borealis, or northern lights, put on a stunning series above China’s Zhongshan Research Station in Antarctica.

Researchers in the centre filmed the green polar lights swirling and undulating, projecting the light around the ice-covered floor.

The aurora is a pure mild phenomenon predominantly found from the high-latitude areas around the Arctic and Antarctic. It’s due to disturbances in the magnetosphere by the solar wind, a flow of particles escaping the Sun.

These disturbances are sometimes powerful enough to change the trajectories of charged particles, causing them to precipitate into the upper air and emit light of varying colours and complexity.