It seemed like the sky exploded. The original idea was to photograph an aurora over a waterfall. After waiting for hours under opaque clouds, though, hope was running out. Others left. Then, unexpectedly, the clouds moved away. Suddenly, particles from a large solar magnetic storm were visible impacting the Earthโ€™s upper atmosphere with full effect. The night sky filled with colors and motion in a thrilling auroral display.

Struggling to steady the camera from high Earthly winds, the 34 exposures that compose the featured image were taken. The resulting featured composite image shows the photogenic Godafoss (Goรฐafoss) waterfall in northern Iceland in front of a very active aurora in late February.

The solar surface explosion that expelled the energetic particles occurred a few days before. Our Sun is showing an impressive amount of surface activity as it approaches solar maximum, indicating that more impressive auroras are likely to appear in Earthโ€™s northern and southern sky over the next few years.

Image Credit & Copyright: Cari Letelier

Author: Science & Astronomy

#1 Auroral Storm over Lapland

#2 NASA astronaut snaps amazing photo of auroras from space station

#3 ๐€ ๐’๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐€๐ฎ๐ซ๐จ๐ซ๐š ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ˆ๐œ๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐๐€ ๐’๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐€๐ฎ๐ซ๐จ๐ซ๐š ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ˆ๐œ๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐

#4 ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐€๐ฎ๐ซ๐จ๐ซ๐š ๐“๐ซ๐ž๐ž

#5 ๐Œ๐ข๐ฅ๐ค๐ฒ ๐–๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐€๐ฎ๐ซ๐จ๐ซ๐š ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐€๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š

#6 Aurora borealis seen outside of a plane window

#7 The moment when the aurora is so strong, it illuminates the landscape in green โ€“ Lofoten, Norway


#9 Saw Estonia being represented here, so I thought Iโ€™d share a picture of aurora borealis, taken by a friend ofย 

#10 Aurora season has officially begun in Iceland. I still canโ€™t get over how beautiful Mt. Kirkjufell was under the dancing fairy lights

#11 Aurora over Norway. Notice someone standing on the peak with the best view.


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