Dancing light in the dark sky. The coming of dawn in the middle of the night. These are just a few ways to describe the Northern Lights. For ages humans have witnessed this beautiful phenomenon. Recently though, Erin, one of our buyers, got an up close and personal view of the Aurora borealis in Iceland. It didn’t come easy as much of Iceland was covered in clouds. She monitored the weather ahead of time and set out to find this particular spot that had the best chance of being clear. Erin lucked out and had this beautiful, natural light show.
Aurora borealis means ‘dawn of the north’ as the first people to write about it said that it appeared that dawn was coming. An Aurora occurs when charged particles from the sun collide with gaseous particles in Earth’s atmosphere. The color that you see depends on what type of gas particles are colliding and at what altitude. In the case of Erin’s pictures the Aurora is mostly green, which is the most common. Green occurs around 60 miles above Earth’s surface. In the picture below, if you look closely, you can see red. Red is occurring around 200 miles above earth!