All of the other aurora watchers had gone home.
By 3:30 am in
on a quiet September night, much of that night's auroras had died down.
Suddenly, unexpectedly, a new burst of particles streamed down from space, lighting up the
This time, surprisingly,
the night lit up with an
reminiscent of a giant
With camera equipment at the ready, two quick sky images were taken,
followed immediately by a third of the land.
The mountain in the background is
while the small foreground river is called Kaldá,
both located about 30 kilometers north of Iceland's capital
will note that just above the mountain, toward the left, is the
constellation of Orion
, while the
is also visible just above the frame center.
The 2016 aurora
which lasted only a minute and was soon gone forever --
would possibly be dismissed as a
-- were it not captured in the
featured, digitally-composed, image mosaic