Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 05/18/2011

NASA’s ‘Starry Night of Iceland’ photo of the day

In case you think NASA’s only good for incredible space shuttle launches, you’re missing out on some of the agency’s best parts. One of my favorite things NASA does is their simple “Astronomy Picture of the Day” site. It’s aptly named. Each day offers up another incredible, mind-bending picture with a helpful nugget of information about the site. Here’s today’s picture, “A Starry Night of Iceland.”


The above winning image was taken two months ago over Jökulsárlón, the largest glacial lake in Iceland. The photographer combined six exposures to capture not only two green auroral rings but their reflections off the serene lake.Visible in the distant background sky is the band of our Milky Way Galaxy, the Pleiades open clusters of stars, and the Andromeda galaxy. As the sun progresses toward solar maximum in the next few years, many more spectacular images of aurora are expected. ( Stephane Vetter (Nuits sacrees) )

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