Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day - Aurora Over Arctic Henge
Posted on 03/27/2023 1:17:54 PM PDT by MtnClimber
Explanation: Reports of powerful solar flares started a seven-hour quest north to capture modern monuments against an aurora-filled sky. The peaks of iconic Arctic Henge in Raufarhöfn in northern Iceland were already aligned with the stars: some are lined up toward the exact north from one side and toward exact south from the other. The featured image, taken after sunset late last month, looks directly south, but since the composite image covers so much of the sky, the north star Polaris is actually visible at the very top of the frame. Also visible are familiar constellations including the Great Bear (Ursa Major) on the left, and the Hunter (Orion) on the lower right. The quest was successful. The sky lit up dramatically with bright and memorable auroras that shimmered with amazing colors including red, pink, yellow, and green -- sometimes several at once.
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Find the tripod.
How have I never heard of the Artic Henge?
I’m unhenged over this.
I never heard on the Arctic Henge either. We must have both missed the same day in school.
They said Henge and we heard syringe and skipped class that day.
It looks like a 360deg all-sky rainbow.
First time I saw auroras was when I lived in North Dakota. Been awhile, so it is hard for me to remember in detail, but they weren’t full blown auroras. Mostly green.
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