The Northern Lights Don't Look Anything Like They Do In Photos

March 22, 2015 11:00 AM

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The Northern Lights Don't Look Anything Like They Do In Photos

If you're an adventurous traveler, chances are the Northern Lights have a spot on your bucket list. With pops of dazzling pink, green and purple shrieking across the night sky, this natural phenomenon looks almost looks almost too colorful.

The discrepancy occurs because the specific cells that our eyes use to detect light at night also happen to be terrible at detecting color, according to Dr. Andrea Thau, vice president of the American Optometric Association. For that reason, auroras often appear only in shades of gray.

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