Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Aurora Over Iceland
Posted on 03/20/2012 9:29:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: If you see a sky like this -- photograph it. Three nights ago in Iceland, an adventurous photographer (pictured) chanced across a sky full of aurora and did just that. Afterwards, by stitching together five smaller photographs, the entire aurora-lit sky was recreated in this 180-degree panorama taken from Vatnajökull glacier. Auroras are sparked by energetic particles from the Sun impacting the magnetic environment around the Earth. Resultant energetic particles such as electrons and protons rain down near the Earth's poles and impact the air. The impacted air molecules obtain excited electrons, and when electrons in oxygen molecules fall back to their ground state, they emit green light. Auroras are known to have many shapes and colors.
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[Credit & Copyright: Daniel Lopez (El Cielo de Canarias]
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Fantastic. It looks sci-fi.
Beautiful photo, imagine what it would be like to see in person.
Pictures don't do it justice. Auroras shimmer and flow, and do so in a manner unlike clouds. A big one like that can cause a bit of a vertigo.
A buddy of mine who worked for the same oilfield company that I did said that sometimes he felt like he was falling into it and the sky.
He said words and pics didn't do it justice, experience of a lifetime.
They also pop & crackle & buzz and make static electricity in the air do wild things...amazing.
Magnetocent. : D
Amazing all around. I didn’t see the photographer or glacier at first. Very cool.
Iceland gets all the really great light shows in the sky.
Thank you, SunkenCiv... you know how much I LOVE pitures of the Aurora. Beautiful, stunning, breath taking and awesome!
Almost makes me want to move north. But then I remember it’s cold there.
Great picture. I am going to show this to my wife, she is traveling to Iceland in May.
Such a bright spot. In a dimming world.
Pic ain’t bad either.
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