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Spring greenery sprouts in the sky

22 Mar 2012, 00:33 UTC
Spring greenery sprouts in the sky Daniel Lopez
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As the season officially turns from winter to spring, there's still plenty of snow on the ground in the Arctic — but there's plenty of greenery up in the sky, thanks to an exceptional succession of northern lights.
The past month's brighter-than-usual auroras were pumped up …

Daniel LopezA mosaic of five images by Daniel Lopez (who managed to get into the picture just right of center) shows a panoramic view of Iceland's Vatnajokull Glacier.By Alan Boyle

Follow @b0yleAs the season officially turns from winter to spring, there's still plenty of snow on the ground in the Arctic — but there's plenty of greenery up in the sky, thanks to an exceptional succession of northern lights.The past month's brighter-than-usual auroras were pumped up by spurts of solar activity. When outbursts of electrically charged particles from the sun interact with Earth's magnetic field, they can create a green glow in the night sky. If the outbursts are too powerful, they can disrupt communication systems and electrical grids as well. Fortunately, the recent solar storms had minimal impact on earthly infrastructure.What we're left with are wonderful pictures like these.The super-wide-angle view from Iceland's Vatnajokull Glacier was captured on March 18 ...

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