Meteor Flash and Northern Light over Norway


Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, haunted skies over the island of Kvaløya, near Tromsø Norway on December 13. This 30 second long exposure records their shimmering glow gently lighting the wintery coastal scene. A study in contrasts, it also captures the sudden flash of a fireball meteor from December’s excellent Geminid meteor shower. Streaking past familiar stars in the handle of the Big Dipper, the trail points back toward the constellation Gemini, off the top of the view. Both aurora and meteors occur in Earth’s upper atmosphere at altitudes of 100 kilometers or so, but aurora are caused by energetic charged particles from the magnetosphere, while meteors are trails of cosmic dust. Credit & Copyright: Bjørnar G. Hansen,

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2 thoughts on “Meteor Flash and Northern Light over Norway

  1. This is a very incredible photo. My son is doing his country report on Norway and wants to use this photo in his report. Of course giving credit to you if that is okay. 🙂 Great job on the photo!

    Brad

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