A Perth student has captured an amazing, and kind of freaky image while on holidays in the northern hemisphere.

Jingyi Zhang from Curtin Uni, captured this image of the Northern Lights above Iceland 🇮🇸 in the shape of a dragon….🐉

Zhang’s image was shared by NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day Insta account in February.

Very cool.

Dragon Aurora over Iceland 


Image Credit & Copyright: Jingyi Zhang & Wang Zheng

Explanation: Have you ever seen a dragon in the sky?

Although real flying dragons don’t exist, a huge dragon-shaped aurora developed in the sky over Iceland earlier this month. 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.

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