The Earth's natural lightshow took center stage on social media this month.
As BBC News pointed out, the aurora borealis (a.k.a. the northern lights) occurs "thanks to the Earth being in the path of the solar wind - a stream of charged particles escaping from the Sun" and that the "aurora appears when particles interact with the Earth's magnetic field and atmosphere." These auroras occur at both the North and South poles during the winter months.
We have gone through Instagram to find our favorite pictures from Alaska, Norway, and Iceland.