Sunday, January 2, 2011

Department of Defense polar orbiting satellites are recording sinuous bands of auroras just north of Scandinavia. This image is from December 30th. They are just as bright, or brighter, than the lights from urban areas.

That's what they look like from the high ground of space, but from our perspective here on terra firma, the two images below are what you might see. These pictures are from last winter, but they are not only excellent photographs, but works of art as well.

The first was done by Lance Parrish up in Alaska.

This fantastic work was captured by the wonderfully named Öystein Lunde Ingvaldssen, half a world away from Lance, in far northern Norway. Wow. Well done Öystein!

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