PHOTO | Amazing sight: Aurora in the sky amazed the residents of Germany

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The aurora borealis is one of the most amazing natural phenomena, presenting a beautiful sight to all who have ever witnessed it.

On the night between Sunday and Monday, the inhabitants of northern Germany had the opportunity to enjoy this unreal phenomenon in the sky, which was lit up with different colors – green, purple, yellow and red.

A few days earlier, there was a similar phenomenon in the sky over the state of Saxony-Anhalt.

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Residents of Germany also had the opportunity to observe the aurora borealis in April this year. The Institute for Solar Physics of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) explained that the appearance of the aurora is not particularly unusual.

Namely, approximately every 11 years, the phases of weak and strong solar activity alternate in the solar cycle, and currently the maximum of solar activity is approaching. The next peak is expected in 2025, and statistically speaking, spring and autumn are the best seasons for the aurora borealis.

Otherwise, the aurora borealis, also known as the aurora, is a natural phenomenon of light in the sky, especially in the polar regions, caused by the collision of charged particles under the influence of the Earth's magnetic field. The aurora borealis is usually observed at night and occurs in the ionosphere. It is also known as the aurora borealis or collectively, the aurora borealis. These phenomena are usually visible between 60 and 72 degrees north and south latitude, thus placing them within the North and South Poles. Auroras occur deeper in the polar regions, but they are rare and often invisible to the naked eye.

At the North Pole this effect is known as "aurora borealis" (or northern lights), named after Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn, and the ancient Greek name for the north wind, Boreus. The aurora near the magnetic field can be seen high above the Earth, but seen from a greater distance, it illuminates the northern horizon with a greenish glow or sometimes with a pale red color, making it appear as if the Sun is rising from an unusual direction. This light usually occurs during the equinoxes. It has been given many names throughout history. The Cree (indigenous people in America) called this phenomenon "the dance of the spirits". In Europe, during the Middle Ages, the aurora borealis was believed to be a sign from God.

Its southern counterpart, the aurora australis (or southern light), has similar properties and is visible in the southern latitudes of Antarctica, South America and Australia.

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