Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Icelandic Legends and Aurora
Posted on 12/08/2015 11:36:14 AM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Legends collide in this dramatic vista of land, sea, and sky. The land is Iceland, specifically VÃk Ã Mâ¡rdal, a southern village known for its beautiful black sand beaches. The sea, the Atlantic Ocean, surrounds Reynisdrangar, a sea stack of eroded basaltic rock pillars that Icelandic folklore tells are the petrified remains of trolls once attempting to drag a three-masted ship onto land. Watching from overhead and shining bright on the upper right is the god of the sky, according to Greek mythology: the planet Jupiter. Also visible in the sky are several other Greek legends encapsulated as constellations, including a lion (Leo), a big bear (Ursa Major), and a water snake (Hydra). One might guess that all of this commotion caused the spectacular aurora pictured -- but really it was just explosions from the Sun.
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[Credit and Copyright: Elizabeth M. Ryan; Rollover Annotation: Judy Schmidt]
You’re welcome. Looks like a scene from the film Planet of the Apes.
I thought that same thing. Where Heston encounters the Statue of Liberty ruins.
Thanks, nice pics!
BTW, all, the POTA beach finale was filmed at Westward Beach, Malibu, Los Angeles. i suspect a lot of movies shoot there, like “From Here to Eternity” and “American Pie II”. ;’)
Ping to grab the pic later...
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