On Wednesday night, Iceland experienced one of the most beautiful phenomena in nature, namely the aurora borealis or the Northern Lights. Officials in capital city Reykjavik decided to turn off the city lights and let the natural one shone brightly. Both residents and tourists were able to experience a spectacular show of light and color at the core of the icy country.
Authorities explain that dark enhances the beauty of the Northern Lights. The phenomenon is also more visible if the skies are clear. Residents gladly agreed on limiting the usage of light to allow the natural process to show off its beauty.
Officials announced that the city lights would go off for an hour on Wednesday night from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. However, there was a one-hour delay of the natural phenomenon. Thus the Northern Lights appeared on the Icelandic Sky at 11 p.m., which lead to two hours of obscurity on the city streets.
The idea of turning off the artificial light also implied some risks, especially for drivers. Officials requested special attention from them. They were also warned to make sure they parked in a safe place before gazing at the Northern Lights. This could reduce the risk of accidents, as authorities emphasized. However, no incidents were reported on the night of the Northern Lights.
Experts explain that the aurora borealis is not a rare event and it can occur for more than half of the year in parts of the world such as Iceland. The phenomenon consists of particles from the Sun, which are electrically charged, entering the atmosphere of our planet. They collide, and the impact gives birth to the unusual colors on the sky.
Researchers account for similar activity which could be observed in the Northern parts of the United Kingdom and the United States. The phenomenon on Wednesday night was one of the most impressive ever, as the people’s initiative of turning off the lights enhanced the beauty of the event.
People can experience the aurora borealis from September to May, which the is equivalent to the cold season. However, it only happens near the Poles. People who witnessed the phenomenon posted spectacular images on their social media accounts, accompanied by texts expressing their vivid impressions.
If you plan to go to Iceland, this is the best time of the year. Starting September, the Icelandic sky will be offering breathtaking views, and you can be there to see it. How does a trip to Europe sound ?
Image courtesy of: Flickr