January Aurora Over Norway
Image Credit & Copyright: Bjørn Jørgensen
What’s that in the sky? An aurora. After a large coronal mass ejection from our Sun, a cloud of fast moving electrons, protons, and ions reaches the Earth. Although most of this cloud passed above the Earth, some of it impacted our Earth’s magnetosphere and resulted in spectacular auroras being seen at high northern latitudes. Pictured above is a particularly photogenic auroral corona captured recently above Grotfjord, Norway. To some, this shimmering green glow of recombining atmospheric oxygen might appear as a large eagle, but feel free to share what it looks like to you.