Dazzling Northern Lights over Iceland

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The Northern Lights, more properly known as the Aurora Borealis, have long enchanted visitors to Iceland. With their dazzling colors and otherworldly glow, they might look like magic, but the science behind them is well understood: The shimmer arises when electrons from solar winds interact with the earth’s atmosphere, and the flowing, stream-like movements result because the winds follow the planet’s magnetic force.

Mostly green – the result of wind interaction with oxygen molecules about 60 miles above the earth – they can sometimes glow red when higher altitude molecules are encountered. Captured here in all their glory by photographer Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson, it’s not hard to see why they are one of the country’s top attractions.

(See more of Ragnar’s stunning photography on LightBox: High Above the Glacier)

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11 comments
Kwizecal
Kwizecal

Awesone to live in an Age wehre we get to conceive of the technology to be there & share this - Astounding learnings

arnarolafsson
arnarolafsson

Northern lights also called Aurora Borealis ,You'll Experience a wonder of nature in Iceland , The nature in Iceland is the big reason for most travellers to visit this lovely planet (Iceland).

Isabell17415448
Isabell17415448

I've never seen a wonder like this before. I will be there .............

PålBrekke
PålBrekke

Our new book "Northern Lights - a Guide" (Press, 2013) is the perfect travel companion - all the history, science and where to go as well as how to take pictures. It was presented at the Nordic Cool at the Kennedy Center yesterday. So good timing with this article. And the aurora will certainly also be visible over New York a few times every year..


EmmaAnne9
EmmaAnne9

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zeekalla
zeekalla like.author.displayName 1 Like

looks like the macOSx background :) stunning!