Science Space 'Dragon Aurora' Engulfs Night Sky Over Iceland By Jacqueline Gulledge 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. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Jacqueline Gulledge Updated October 14, 2019 'Dragon Aurora over Iceland'. Jingyi Zhang and Wang Zheng/NASA Share Twitter Pinterest Email Science Space Natural Science Technology Agriculture Energy 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.