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Spectacular aurora over Iceland

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posted on May, 24 2011 @ 03:43 PM

On some nights, the sky is the best show in town. On this night, the sky was not only the best show in town, but a composite image of the sky won an international competition for landscape astrophotography. The above winning image was taken two months ago over Jökulsárlón, the largest glacial lake in Iceland. The photographer combined six exposures to capture not only two green auroral rings, but their reflections off the serene lake. Visible in the distant background sky is the band of our Milky Way Galaxy, the Pleiades open clusters of stars, and the Andromeda galaxy. A powerful coronal mass ejection from the Sun caused auroras to be seen as far south as Wisconsin, USA. As the Sun progresses toward solar maximum in the next few years, many more spectacular images of aurora are expected.

source and Stephane Vetter - "Nuits sacrées"

There are amazing photographs on this site! It worth a look! For example:

I was wondering why green is the most common color in aurora...
Found some other which have reddish hue:

Over Oklahoma:

posted on May, 24 2011 @ 03:47 PM
That's incredible. I would love to have a view of that every night. Great post!

posted on May, 24 2011 @ 03:58 PM
I would love to see that mabe one day looks amazing nice pics

posted on May, 24 2011 @ 04:00 PM
That is's hard to believe it's real (I know it is) and it almost looks like something out of a sci-fi movie.

Great stuff...thanks for sharing.

posted on May, 24 2011 @ 04:02 PM
Wow...that is tremendously beautiful. Only time I've ever see one was in Alaska and it didn't look that cool...

posted on May, 24 2011 @ 04:07 PM
the "Une étoile filante au Donon" on the animations tab from nuits sacrées

awesome how the shooting star leaves a trail while burning through the atmosphere.

Note: not saying its a ufo

thank you op

posted on May, 24 2011 @ 10:15 PM
reply to post by elevenaugust

edit on 24-5-2011 by BobAthome because: (no reason given)

See above pic
green one,,,, lol
edit on 24-5-2011 by BobAthome because: (no reason given)

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