Aurora borealis over North America in the middle of the night • Earth.com

Last update: October 14th, 2019 at 1:05 pm

Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the aurora borealis lighting up the night sky over North America.

Even though the sun “sets” at night, it still emits a steady stream of energetic particles and radiation toward the Earth that interact with our atmosphere.

This image was captured at 2:46 am (Central Daylight Time) on April 21, 2018 by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on board the Suomi NPP satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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