Brightest Northern Lights Display
It is the nature’s most compelling light. Experts predict that northern lights will shine at their brightest level in 2012.
According to NASA the aurora borealis has been growing in intensity since 2007 and will grow to its peak in 2012.
This event will be caused by Solar Maximum; it is a period when the magnetic field of sun on the solar equator rotates at a slightly faster speed than at the solar poles.
This solar cycle takes an average time of 11 years from one Solar Maximum to the next. Last Solar Maximum was seen in 2000 and scientists predict that the next one (which will be) in 2012 will be the greatest since 1958.
Orvar Thorgiersson, an Icelandic software engineer who has been taking photographs of the event, said: “there are nights in which the lights are so bright you can actually read a book beneath them. They are brighter than moon.”
More images here.
Sources: G1.com, knowledge-porch.com and telegraph.co.uk.