Amateur Astronomy Club

Iceland Aurora – 16″ x 20″ – Aluminum

Photographer: Nico Carver

This is an 16 x 20″ picture on aluminum with a float mount (shown in picture) for easy wall hanging.

This picture of a beautiful Aurora was taken in Iceland. An aurora sometimes referred to as polar lights, northern lights (aurora borealis), or southern lights (aurora australis), is a natural light display in the Earth’s sky, predominantly seen in the high-latitude regions (around the Arctic and Antarctic).

 Auroras are the result of disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by solar wind. These disturbances are sometimes strong enough to alter the trajectories of charged particles in both solar wind and magnetospheric plasma. These particles, mainly electrons and protons, precipitate into the upper atmosphere. The resulting ionization and excitation of atmospheric constituents emit light of varying color and complexity. here. Proton auroras are usually observed at lower latitudes.