Although flying dragons may not exist, an aurora with the form of this mythical being has recently appeared in the skies of 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.
This iconic display was so enthralling that the photographer’s mother ran out to see it and was captured in the foreground.
No sunspots have appeared on the Sun so far in February, making the multiple days of picturesque auroral activity this month somewhat surprising.
Auroras are not just something that happen on Earth.
If a planet has an atmosphere and magnetic field, they probably have auroras.
We’ve seen amazing auroras on Jupiter and Saturn.