Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Meteors and Aurorae over Iceland
Posted on 08/07/2013 9:35:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: What's going on behind that mountain? Quite a bit. First of all, the mountain itself, named Kirkjufell, is quite old and located in western Iceland near the town of Grundarfj%C3%B6r%C3%B0ur. In front of the steeply-sloped structure lies a fjord that had just begun to freeze when the above image was taken -- in mid-December of 2012. Although quite faint to the unaided eye, the beautiful colors of background aurorae became quite apparent on the 25-second exposure. What makes Geminids meteor shower -- meteors that might not have been evident were the aurora much brighter. Far in the distance, on the left, is the band of our Milky Way Galaxy, while Milky Way appear spread across the background. This weekend the Perseids shower will peak and may well provide sky enthusiasts with their own memorable visual experiences.
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[Credit & Copyright: James Boardman-Woodend (Images ~ Inspired by Nature); Annotation: Judy Schmidt]
Thanx for posting!
That’s a beaut! Thx
Awesome! Isn’t it wonderful to be alive and get to see such things.
Not quite all cynical.
A Beautiful Terrestrial Shot!
Thanks, Sunken Civ!
Beautiful Sunky! Reminds me of a shark’s tooth... guess I am watching too much on Shark Week?!