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What are Auroras?

Auroras are beautiful light shows in the atmosphere. They are caused by a powerful electrical discharge in the sky.

Citation: Christopher Martin Photography. A Second Night with the Aurora Borealis. Digital image. Christopher Martin Photography. N.p., 21 Feb. 2014. Web. 23 Jan. 2017. <>.

Where do they usually occur?

Auroras usually occur in Central Alaska, Canada, and Greenland. They can also be seen in northern Scandinavia and Russia

Citation: Liz. Chasing the Aurora in Wanaka, New Zealand. Digital image. Young Adventures. N.p., 18 Mar. 2015. Web. 23 Jan. 2017. <>.

Does It Hurt or Help?

Auroras have many risk such as disrupting radio communications, damaging satellites, and disrupting power stations and power lines which can result in power outages. They can also create a threat to astronauts in outer space. However, there are no known health risks of auroras.

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How do people use it?

Although there are no known uses of auroras themselves, they can symbolize a warning of an oncoming storm

Catiation: Sarah Cruddas. Northern Light: More That Just a Pretty Light Show. Digital image. BBC Future. N.p., 10 Apr. 2013. Web. 24 Jan. 2017. <>.


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