Northern lights in Iceland: the
Aurora Borealis grows stronger
Chronological pictures show the cycle of the Northern Lights - which are
visibly building up year-on-year towards what is expected to be a
spectacular climax in 2012. Icelandic photographer Orvar Thorgiersson,
software engineer from Reyjavik, is on a mission to document the
annual intensity of the phenomenon. His most recent pictures show how
the auroras have been this year.
Aurora over a rusty shack, Hafnarfjrur, October 2010
Scientists expect the lights in 2012 to produce a spectacular fireworks
display. The event will be caused by the Solar Maximum - a period when
sun's magnetic field on the solar equator rotates at a slightly faster
than at the solar poles. The solar cycle takes an average of around 11
to go from one solar maximum to the next. The last Solar Maximum was
and NASA scientists have predicted that the next one in 2012 will be
greatest since 1958, where the aurora stunned the people of Mexico by
an appearance on three occasions.
Aurora-lit lighthouse Garskagaviti, Iceland, October 2010
Scientists have predicted that the Northern lights should be visible as
south as Rome in 2012. However, if the 2012 auroras are as big as
they could cause disruption to mobile phones, GPS and even the
Snowy lava fields, Blfjll, November 2010
A church at Ingvellir, Iceland, September 2007
By 2008 the aurora's rays have become tinged with colours such as bright
scarlet and orange.
Kleifarvatn, February 2008
Aurora Garskagaviti, March 2008
Borgarfjrur, Iceland, October 2008
The brightness of the aurora depends on the activity of the sun, which
bombards the Earth's with charged particles known as the solar wind.
and light is released by the reaction which in turn causes the
effect seen on the surface of our planet. it is more visible at the
because they gather vast quantities of the charged particles.
The Hitchhikers Sign to the Universe, Reykjanes, Iceland, March 2009
Kleifarvatn, April 2009
Red Roofed Hut Hafnarfjrur, January 2010
Eyjafjallajkull volcanic eruption, April 2010
Ingvellir, April 2010
Jkulsrln, April 2010
Electric Atmosphere, Kleifarvatn, October 2010