Cloud of the Month for June 2012

June 2012

Cloud of the Month for June 2012

The Northern Lights

This month’s image is the notoriously elusive Aurora Borealis, also described as The Northern Lights. Photographer, Norman Shulman, was very fortunate in spotting this enchanting display over Myvatn, in N.E. Iceland. The natural light show in the sky occurs at its most spectacular over Arctic and Antarctic regions and is caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the earth’s high altitude atmosphere. The particles originate from solar storms are carried on solar winds before being lured to our atmosphere by the Earth’s magnetic field. And in the foreground? None other than our beloved Altocumulus lenticularis clouds, of course.

© Photograph Norman Shulman.

10 thoughts on “June 2012”

  1. Dorothy says:

    “Northern Lights”, How magical Norman!
    Are those clouds real?

  2. Shane Rozario avatar Shane says:

    i couldnt imagine what it must have felt like to be there!

  3. Elena Wells avatar Ellie says:

    this is so cool. wish i could have seen it for real

  4. Kathryn Stephenson avatar Kathryn Stephenson says:

    This is absolutely an amazing photo,how lucky you are to have witnessed this event

  5. Mave Howarth says:

    this picture is indeed incredible, thank you Norman.

  6. Rusty says:

    The next sci-fi movie should include this as a background. It looks nearly un-Earthly.

  7. Ceri says:

    I wonder what the exposure was this is awsome.

  8. ALBERTO DIOMEDE avatar Alberto says:

    Incredible picture! The feeling I’ve got, looking at this image make me shiver. Looks like Iceland is on another planet!

  9. Susie NZ says:

    I can’t believe no one has yet comment on this astoundingly beautiful skyscape – look at that amazing light display – thank you so much Norman for showing it and Appreciation Society for calling the cloud of the month. Marvellous.

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