A spooky skyscape to celebrate Halloween
Eerie sheets and ripples of green hang above a deserted rocky landscape in this spooky Space Science Image of the Week. Spikes of neon and emerald seem to form the ominous form of a ghostly celestial eagle, with a sharp beak, bright head and majestic outstretched wings.
While this photograph may resemble paranormal happenings or alien activity, the dramatic skyscape shown here is actually due to a much more common astronomical event known as a coronal mass ejection, or CME. This scene was captured on 24 January 2012 above Grotfjord, Norway, by photographer Bjørn Jørgensen.
Image credit: Bjørn Jørgensen
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