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    • Tracy Menza

      I want to see the Northern Lights someday. Shot after March 8 solar flare, by Jónína Óskarsdóttir Image taken: Mar. 8, 2012 Location: Faskrudsfjordur, Iceland. Details: No words can describe the experience of the northern lights show tonight. Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Lens: Canon 14mm f/2.8L USM II. ISO 1600, 1s exposure.

    • Emma Fisher

      03/08/2012: One result of recent solar flares: One of the strongest solar storms for many years hits Earth's magnetic field. Spectacular Northern Lights have been seen In the north of Scandinavia - the photo here is near Faskrudsfjordur, on the east coast of Iceland.

    • Minkspot

      Solar flares on the sun, the result of a normal process of the surface of the fiery star, caused the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) to be intensified. Incredible colors were seen in some areas, such as those illustrated in the photo to the right. This photo was taken in Iceland

    • J Wallace

      BUCKET LIST "03/08/2012: One result of recent solar flares: One of the strongest solar storms for many years straight hits Earth's magnetic field. In the north of Scandinavia have been seen in its spectacular Northern Lights series - recording here the sky is near the Faskus fjord on the east coast of Iceland."

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