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Iceland in for Spectacular Northern Lights Display

On Tuesday the largest solar flare in four years occurred. It was so massive that it has the potential to disrupt satellites, electricity and communication systems, including GSM signals, because of the electricity emitted during the flare.


Northern lights in east Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

According to, northern lights often accompany solar flares and as the sky is clear in Iceland right now, people are hoping for a spectacular display of the aurora borealis.

But the northern lights might also be seen from various other places, also where they aren’t usually spotted.

“It can be expected that the northern lights will be seen to the south of the equator,” said astrologist Thorsteinn Saemundsson, who follows solar flares closely.

He said it is difficult to time the arrival of the northern lights precisely but said they will possibly be visible tonight. “It often happens three days after solar flare.”

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