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.
The #auroraborealis appear when electrons and protons hit the top of the atmosphere at around 100 km height. This occurs, of course, all day round, but we can't see them in daylight. Yesterday, #reykjavik city turned off most of the street lights for people to enjoy them more. As I was working late at the office, I just had to get up to the rooftop of the building and capture the moment. While we were there, we could hear the "wow's" from the people seeing the spectacle from the street, 20 stories beneath us. A truly unique moment it was. Now, off for some #flying.
3 nights of crazy Northern Lights in a row !!! And the forecast for tonight still looks amazing ! Sailing out at 22:00 from the old harbor in Reykjavik 😮 #sailing #specialtours #reykjavikloves #visitreykjavik #iheartreykjavik #northernlights #auroraborealis #reykjavik #iceland #iceland2016 #mystopover #wowmoment #wheniniceland #everydayiceland #workview #auroraborealblog