Beautiful images of the aurora

The aurora - also known as the Northern Lights, is a spectacular astronomical phenomenon and makes for incredible astrophotos.

Mariusz Szymaszek, Garðskagi lighthouse, Iceland, 2 February 2016. Equipment: Sony A7S camera, Samyang 14mm lens.

The beautiful wisps of colour seen in an auroral display are the result of energetic particles emitted by the Sun generating reactions in Earth’s upper atmosphere.

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This releases photons of light, creating magnificent colourful light shows.

Below we’ve selected some of the best auroral images sent in by readers over the past few years.

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If you manage to capture aurora, send it to us via contactus@skyatnightmagazine.com and it could appear in BBC Sky at Night Magazine or on our website.