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June 2012

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.

  • Susie NZ

    June 3, 2012 at 11:23 am

    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.



    June 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm

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

  • Ceri

    June 6, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I wonder what the exposure was this is awsome.

  • Rusty

    June 6, 2012 at 11:34 pm

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

  • Mave Howarth

    June 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    this picture is indeed incredible, thank you Norman.

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    Kathryn Stephenson

    August 10, 2012 at 8:04 am

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

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    August 23, 2012 at 9:28 pm

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

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    November 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm

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

  • Anonymous

    March 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm
  • Dorothy

    August 7, 2013 at 3:47 am

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

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