News Science 'Dragon Aurora' Engulfs Night Sky Over Iceland By Jacqueline Gulledge Jacqueline Gulledge Twitter Writer Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia Gulledge has more than 11 years of experience in national and local news, covering a wide range of issues for CNN, FOX 5 Atlanta, and Mother Nature Network. Learn about our editorial process Updated October 14, 2019 This story is part of Treehugger's news archive. Learn more about our news archiving process or read our latest news. Share Twitter Pinterest Email 'Dragon Aurora over Iceland'. Jingyi Zhang and Wang Zheng/NASA News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices News Archive Earlier this month, professional photographer and astronomer Jingyi Zhang captured this astonishing image of the aurora borealis lighting up the sky above. The display was so mesmerizing that Zhang's mother ran outside to experience it for herself The photograph was featured as NASA's Astronomy Photo of the Day, and no wonder. The aurora was "caused by a hole in the Sun's corona that expelled charged particles into a solar wind that followed a changing interplanetary magnetic field to Earth's magnetosphere," NASA explains. "As some of those particles then struck Earth's atmosphere, they excited atoms which subsequently emitted light: aurora." While Zhang was lucky to be in the right place at the right time, she has been photographing the sky for years and her work was recognized in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition last year for another image she captured of the aurora borealis over the mountains in Stokknes on the south coast of Iceland.