Jean-Luc Dauvergne is a journalist for the French-language astronomy magazine Ciel et Espace (Sky and Space). In September he was in Iceland for a stunning display of aurorae, and the pictures he took of it were, well, stunning:
Ye. Gads. [Click to reykjavikenate.]
You can see the Big Dipper on the right, and Arcturus right near the horizon, if you can tear your eyes away from that unbelievable phenomenon. He was in JÃ¶kulsÃ¡rlÃ³n when he took this - he tells me that's Icelandic for "glacial river lagoon". I'd buy that.
He also took a cool shot of an airplane wreck from the 1970s with the Pleiades and Taurus hanging in the sky through the aurorae too. It's part of a real-time and time lapse video he did showing off the natural wonders of Iceland:
It took me a second, but then I recognized the song: it's by BjÃ¶rk! Well played, Jean-Luc.
I swear, I write so much about that island that the Iceland tourism board should pay for me to visit. Not that I'm suggesting that*.
* I am totally suggesting that.
Image credit: Jean-Luc Dauvergne