APOD: A Starry Night of Iceland (2016 Jan 03)

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APOD: A Starry Night of Iceland (2016 Jan 03)

Post by APOD Robot » Sun Jan 03, 2016 5:11 am

Image A Starry Night of Iceland

Explanation: 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 featured winning image was taken in 2011 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 and the Andromeda galaxy. A powerful coronal mass ejection from the Sun caused auroras to be seen as far south as Wisconsin, USA. Solar activity over the past week has resulted in auroras just over the past few days.

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Re: APOD: A Starry Night of Iceland (2016 Jan 03)

Post by Coil_Smoke » Sun Jan 03, 2016 8:56 am

Wow, the full screen view of this magnificent vista has me thanking creation for being alive. The electric green glowing plasma curtains in the heavens dwarf the Earth bound transmission line stretching towards the vanishing point. This is a beautiful way to start a new year of discovery and wonder. Thanks to the photographer and APOD ...

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Re: APOD: A Starry Night of Iceland (2016 Jan 03)

Post by Boomer12k » Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:55 pm

Up in the sky, it looks like a Green Nebula...

Really nice one.

Snowing here, but turned to rain...
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