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The Northern Lights added to Google Views

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2 February 2015 by Lowenna Waters

The Northern Lights have been added to Google Views - an application that allows you to see the natural wonders and famous landmarks of the world in 360-degree panoramas.

Google Views allows internet users to upload and share their photographs of interesting locations around the globe, which are displayed as zoomable maps (called 'photospheres' by Google), plotted on Google Maps and location-linked via geotagging.

The Northern Lights, photographed in Finland, have now been added as a themed category. Other categories of panoramas include Brazil's Painted Streets, Discover Dubai and the Pyramids of Giza.

So far, images have been shared on seven continents, and more than 50 countries, with an estimated 50,000,000 miles travelled by photo-sharers.

The panoramic uploads of the Northern Lights, taken east of the Hammastunturi Wilderness Area in northern Finland, show thin streaks of green in spiraling curving formations illuminating an otherwise dark sky.

If you'd like to see the incredible natural phenomena, you're in luck. The lights have been in optimum viewing capacity in the last few years thanks to high numbers of collisions between charged particles released from the Sun's atmosphere, and gaseous particles in the Earth's.

Scandinavia and North America are the places to see the aurora borealis in their full glory. Take a trip to Alaska or northern Canada to view them in the wilderness, or take a luxury short-break in Tromso, Norway, for a first-class view of one of the most beguiling wonders of the world. 

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