One of the top goals on my bucket list is to see the Northern Lights. For years I have put it off but one image has placed it again at the forefront of my travel agenda.
NASA releases an “Astronomy Picture of the Day” on its website. On Monday, it released the following image:
“Dragon Aurora over Iceland” / Copyright: Jingyi Zhang & Wang Zheng
Most people are talking about the dragon in the sky. Certainly, the resemblance is uncanny…especially with the purple tongue.
And while that is cool, what’s cooler is the phenomena itself. Explaining it, NASA said:
Although real flying dragons don’t exist, a huge dragon-shaped aurora developed in the sky over Iceland.
The aurora was caused by a hole in the Sun’s corona that expelled charged particles into a solar wind that followed a changing interplanetary magnetic field to Earth’s magnetosphere.
As some of those particles then struck Earth’s atmosphere, they excited atoms which subsequently emitted light: aurora.
There are so many places I’d like to go…but Aurora Borealis is so high on the wishlist. It’s time to make it happen.
The nice thing about the Northern Lights is that I don’t have to go to Iceland. I could go to Alaska…or Norway…or Russia. But Iceland seems like an ideal place. Plus, there’s a Taco Bell there… <ducking>
If you’ve been to Iceland to visit the Northern Lights, was it worthwhile?