NASA warns spectacular 'beauty and the beast' aurora could wreak havoc on Earth

mirror | 4/23/2019 | Staff
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NASA has shared a spectacular picture of the Northern Lights adorning the sky in Iceland - but warned that the "beauty and the beast" aurora could wreak havoc here on Earth.

The image was captured by astronomer Juan Carlos Casado in 2016, and selected as NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day on Sunday.

Aurora - Borealis - Thingvallavatn - Lake - Iceland

It shows the aurora borealis over Thingvallavatn Lake in Iceland - a lake that partly fills a fault that divides Earth's large Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

"Admire the beauty but fear the beast," wrote Casado, in his picture caption.

Beauty - Overhead - Form - Spiral - Picturesque

"The beauty is the aurora overhead, here taking the form of great green spiral, seen between picturesque clouds with the bright Moon to the side and stars in the background.

"The beast is the wave of charged particles that creates the aurora but might, one day, impair civilization."

Aurora - Result - Collisions - Particles - Sun

Aurora are the result of collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun...
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