Scientists confirm increased Northern Lights activity across Iceland
Wednesday 11, August 2010
It has been confirmed by scientists that the visibility of the Northern Lights in Iceland is to grow between August and September as a result of increasing solar activity.
Scientists have revealed that growing levels of gas particles caused by a ‘solar tsunami’ from the sun have been mixing with the magnetic field surrounding the Earth. The sun’s own magnetic fields have been dragging open and snapping back the Earth’s magnetic field, creating a continuous loop around the planet, which then produces electrical currents that react with the gases in our atmosphere, ultimately causing them to glow. These purple, blue, red and green colours are known as the Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis.
The natural light displays of the Aurora Borealis are without a doubt one of nature’s most spectacular visuals. These displays occur most frequently in the Arctic Circle, centred within a 2500 km radius of the geomagnetic pole.
Due to Iceland’s perfect location just outside the Arctic Circle, the Island in the North Atlantic proves to be the ideal viewing location for the Northern Lights.
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