Photo: Aurora Borealis In Iceland

An aurora is a natural phenomenon in which charged particles from solar winds and the magnetosphere collide with atoms in Earth’s upper atmosphere. Luminous swirls appear in the sky, shades of green and sometimes red or blue, painting the night in an alien glow.

In the north, this phenomenon is called the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights. In the south, it’s the Aurora Australis.

This year, due to the Sun’s increased activity, the Northern Lights have reached farther and farther south. In July, they even stretched as far south as Iowa. The immense power of the Sun, stronger now as it reaches the current cycle’s solar maximum, means even stronger light shows for those of us on Earth. So long as we don’t end up cooked in the process (haha).

But if you really want to get an awesome look at the Aurora Borealis, Iceland seems like the place to be. Coupled with the country’s incredible geology, the Northern Lights make it look like another planet, something out of this world.

Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. For nearly 10 years, he's managed Stranger Dimensions, providing a unique perspective on all matters involving time travel, parallel universes, and whether or not robots might one day take over the world.

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