Iceland's capital plunges into darkness for stunning Northern Lights display

Iceland's capital plunges into darkness for stunning Northern Lights display

Iceland turned off the street lights in its capital city on Wednesday night to allow people to view a spectacular Northern Lights display.

Street lights were off for an hour (between 10pm and 11pm), and residents were asked to switch off their own lights to reduce light pollution in the city as much as possible.

The Icelandic news outlet The Reykjavik Grapevine reported that the lights stayed off until midnight to accommodate a late start by the solar system, and that some people were initially annoyed when the green glow didn't appear on schedule. It wasn't as strong as Monday's, but it was still a sight to behold.

The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, are multicoloured natural illuminations caused by interactions between solar winds and the Earth's magnetic field.

Both locals and tourists shared their own pictures of the handsome event.

Several photographers shared photos of the Northern Lights around Washington state.

It is not fully understood why, but there are increased sightings of the Northern Lights in the United Kingdom around the Autumn Equinox, which occurred last Thursday. "It was unbelievable", said Florian Schade, 18, from Hamburg, Germany, who has been living in Iceland for two months and working at a bed-and-breakfast in Keflavik, in the south.

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