A very faint Aurora often appears as a narrow bow just above the north horizon. It can be astonishingly beautiful.
Northern Lights can have many different shapes. Here are some examples.
Many Northern Lights look like diffuse green clouds. This one has a sharp line both in the green area and a blue one higher up in the sky.
Sometimes it's like a tiny line stretching from horizon to horizon straight over your head. This one crossed my flag pole very suitably because it was the night before my country's (Finland) celebration of 100 years of independency. I'm sure Aurora had already started the celebration.
Northern Lights follow the lines of earths magnetic field. That's why it looks like curtains of light, sometimes multilayered. These “curtains” are best seen from right below. Note the redish colour in this one. Although green is the most common colour of the Aurora, white, red, pink, violet and blue can be seen in it too.
Lines can sometimes become very wide or break up like splashes and spread across the sky. The one on the left was taken in moonlight, hence the almost daylight look of the picture.
This one is the same as the one above to the right, but 15 minutes later when the sky became more and more filled with the green light.
Many curtain-like lines. This started to look more like flames after a couple of minutes.
Flaming Aurora stretching up above my head.
Can you see the nose? Can you see a swan? Auroras never stop to surprise me with its shapes.
This is called “corona”, the center of the Aurora seen from right below.
The Northern Lights often ends with a beautiful green glow, losing its shapes and forms and slowly fades away.
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If you have never seen the Northern Lights in real life I would very much learn more about your expectations. Send me an email, reply the newsletter email or fill in the contact form on the website and tell me what you imagine seeing the Aurora would feel like.