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Photos: Reykjavik turned off its street lamps so people could watch the Northern Lights

Aurora Borealis lights up the sky near Reykjavik in 2007.
Reuters/Stoyan Nenov
A view of Aurora Borealis lighting up the sky near Reykjavik in 2007.
  • Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon

Deputy Photo Editor

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

Leave it to the Icelandic to know how to watch Aurora Borealis the right way. As the Northern Lights were due to illuminate the night sky over the Reykjavik, the capital’s city council turned off street lights for more than an hour, the BBC reports.

Celestial phenomenon are often hard to see in large population centers where sources like streetlights and brightly lit buildings drown out sights that require darker skies. The reduced light pollution over the city made the emerald glow extremely clear to see, as images posted over the night on social media show. Thankfully, the lucky residents of Reykjavik didn’t need to go to Springfield to get their fix.


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