An epic auroral display, a dark night, few clouds and a body of water that was both calm enough and unfrozen to show reflected stars. All these key conditions came together to create this award-winning shot. Image credit James Boardman Woodend (Images Inspired by Nature).
The featured skyscape of activity and serenity appeared over Iceland‘s Vatnajökull Glacier a year ago January, with the Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon captured in the foreground. Aurora filled skies continue to be common near Earth’s poles as our Sun, near Solar Maximum, continues to expel energetic clouds of plasma into the Solar System.