Iceland’s Capital Reykjavik Turned Dark To View Northern Lights Spectacle

Posted: Sep 29 2016, 4:17pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Iceland’s Capital Reykjavik Turned Dark to View Northern Lights Spectacle
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The street lights of Iceland's city was turned off on wednesday night to give people an opportunity to watch the best possible view of spectacular natural light

The city of Reykjavik, Iceland's capital, turned dark on Wednesday for a spectacular Northern Lights show.

The artificial lights of the city were turned off for an hour during the midnight to allow people an opportunity to enjoy and admire a natural light display. The idea behind switching off the street lights was to minimize light pollution in the city, which can otherwise hinder the visibility of Northern Lights. Darkness is the key to see Northern Lights and the move provided people the best possible conditions to view Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis.

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The bright dancing lights of Aurora Borealis are created when electrically charged particles from the sun enters the Earth’s atmosphere and collide with it, scattering red, green, pink or violet colored clouds across the skies.

While turning off lights across the city allowed residents to enjoy Aurora’s to its fullest extent, the move could also prove dangerous for bike riders and people traveling other vehicles. Therefore, city council urged people to take care of themselves while riding or driving.

Nevertheless, residents and visitors captured videos and images of spectacular natural light display in the sky and posted them on social media.

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