Night on an Amazing Planet


Image credit & copyright: Stephane Vetter.

I must be on a wild landscape kick because I can’t get over this image by Stephane Vetter. Here we see the amazing dance between the Sun and Earth known the world over as the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights waving like a flag high over the breath of the Earth at Iceland’s incredible Hverir Geothermal Area.

This location lies on the Eastern foothills of Mt. Namafjall, and like Yellowstone in Wyoming or Wai-O-Tapu in New Zealand, this location will leave you feeling connected to our planet in ways you have never felt before. In the sky, under your feet and before your eyes, this is a location for your mind to wander and fall in love with.  Don’t let your mind wander too much though.  When it comes to nature, beauty like this can also be very dangerous if you find yourself in the wrong spot.  It’s always advised that in locations like these that you first visit during the day and stay on the trails at all times.

I understand that most of you may already know but it’s worth mentioning that the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights counterpart is called the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights). Remember, this phenomenon occurs at both poles but due to the fact that few people live below 45 degrees S, they aren’t as well known.

Here’s my short Aurora Chaser’s Guide:


Stephane Vetter:

The World at Night (TWAN):




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