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Extraordinary dragon aurora borealis lights up sky over Iceland

Posted: 10:48 AM, Feb 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-27 11:48:08-05

Sure, it’s been gloomy in the Coastal Bend for the last couple of days. We haven’t seen a trace of the sun or moon for an achingly long time.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some stunning sights in the sky from other places in the world.

A breathtaking aurora borealis took the shape of a stunning green, fire-breathing dragon as it swooped over Iceland earlier this month in a shining display of dazzling light.

Dragons typically are the type of fanciful dreams of fairy tales and kids’ imagination. But NASA on Feb. 18 released a picture of the aurora snapped by Jingyi Zhang on Feb. 6 as its astronomy photo of the day.

The colorful, almost magical dancing lights of the aurora are the result when charged particles from the sun collide with the Earth’s upper atmosphere around the magnetic north and south poles.

And as you can see, it makes for almost indescribable sight.