Stunning dragon aurora borealis lights up sky over Iceland

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Dragon Aurora Borealis Lights Up Icelandic Sky

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breathtaking aurora borealis in the shape of a green, fire-breathing dragon swooped over Iceland in early February in a brilliant display of dazzling light.

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Dragons may be the stuff of fairy tales and the imagination, but NASA on Feb. 18 released a very real and stunning photo of the aurora taken by Jingyi Zhang on Feb. 6 as its astronomy photo of the day.

The photographer’s mother, who ran out to see the spectacle, can be seen in the foreground amid a dark landscape with the aurora flashing overhead.

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The colorful lights of the aurora are caused when charged particles from the sun collide with the Earth's upper atmosphere around the magnetic north and south poles.

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