Spectacular Show of Northern Lights

mbl.is/Hafþór Hreiðarsson

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The northern lights put on the autumn’s first show Tuesday night, mbl.is reports. Morgunblaðið reporter Hafþór Hreiðarsson in Húsavík, North Iceland, witnessed the colorful spectacle and caught some magnificent pictures as they lit up Skálfandi bay.

mbl.is/Hafþór Hreiðarsson

The northern lights appeared in the sky above Reykjavík this week as well, but their dance only lasted a few minutes before a curtain of clouds dropped over them.

According to the Icelandic astronomy website, stjornufraedi.is , on average, the northern lights most frequently appear between 11 pm and 1 am.

The northern lights appear in the sky when large numbers of electrons from the sun stream at high speed toward the earth along its magnetic field and collide with particles at an altitude of about 100 km.

You can always follow the aurora forecast on vedur.is and on auroraforecast.is .




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