Space

Jaw-dropping photo of Milky Way, Northern Lights, and erupting volcano – all in one picture!

Although taken individually, the events are not all that uncommon but when they’re all captured in the same photograph, it’s mind-boggling. This photograph taken by Maciej Winiarczyk is believed to be the first time someone has photographed the Milky Way, Northern Lights, and an erupting volcano – all in the same jaw-dropping picture! Maciej Winiarczyk, from Caithness, Scotland, was at Jokulsarlon Lagoon in Iceland when he took the amazing picture of the Bardarbunga volcano erupting on October 21, 2014 (the Bardarbunga volcano is Iceland’s largest in over 200 years and it's still going today). At the same time, the angle of the photograph allowed him to squeeze the Milky Way into the picture. The addition of the glorious lights of the Aurora Borealis, which were…
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The Northern and Southern Lights (Aurora Borealis or Aurora Australis)

An Aurora is a beautiful natural light display in the sky that occurs above the magnetic poles in the northern and southern hemispheres (in the Arctic or Antarctic regions).  In northern areas of the world, the lights are known as aurora borealis (or northern lights).  In southern areas, the lights are known as aurora australis (or southern lights).  The northern lights are often visible in Alaska, Russia, and Canada.  The southern lights are often visible from Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, and Australia.  During a  geomagnetic storm, the lights can spread to other lower latitude areas. The northern and southern lights are caused by energetic charged particles from the sun colliding with gas particles in the sky.  These charged particles arrive from the sun via…
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