Spectacular Dragon-Shaped Aurora Lights Up The Sky In Iceland

Provided you know a thing or two about shutter speeds and apertures, aurora borealis can be the subject of some truly mind-bendingly spectacular photographs. But even by the exceptionally high standards of images showcasing the Northern Lights, this is particularly special.

The photograph of a huge dragon-shaped aurora was shot in Iceland earlier this month by photographers Jingyi Zhang and Wang Zheng.

“This iconic display was so enthralling that the photographer's mother ran out to see it and was captured in the foreground,” NASA explains on the Astronomy Picture of the Day blog.

Aurora borealis, known as the Northern Lights when they occur in the Northern Hemisphere, aren’t just a pretty sight – they are the result of cosmic forces journeying across the Solar System. They are caused by solar particles spat out of the Sun’s corona, its upper atmosphere. 

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