Northern Lights trump street lights in Iceland

Northern Lights trump street lights in Iceland

Street lighting in Reykjavik will be switched off for an hour Wednesday evening to give residents of the Icelandic capital a better view of the Aurora Borealis, city authorities said.

Aurora Borealis
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Most parts of the world's northernmost capital city, including the centre, will go dark from 10:00 pm.

"Residents are invited to join in by turning out the lights at home so as to maximise the darkness and minimise light pollution," the local government said in a statement.

The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, are multicoloured natural illuminations caused by interactions between solar winds and the Earth's magnetic field.

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