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Aurora borealis in fine form

Updated 2:29 PM ET, Tue March 19, 2013
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A spectacular solar event over the weekend provided a stunning showing of the northern lights, or aurora borealis. This image by Stefan Ingvar Gudmundsson from Iceland captures the lights appearing to curl around the Snaefellsjokull glacier.
Iceland, due to its northern location, dark winters and lack of light pollution, is perfectly equipped to see the best of the northern lights, as shown in this stunning photo by Kristjan S Kristjansson, shot from Lake Kleifarvatn on the Reykjanes Peninsula.
The lights of the Icelandic village of Olafsvik are dwarfed by the northern lights in another image from Gudmundsson.
"It's always a big 'wow' but last night was overwhelming," Gudmundsson said. "The night sky was totally electrifying, with aurora everywhere."
Halldor Sigurdsson drove a couple miles outside the capital, Reykjavik, to get the best shots.
"They were all over the sky, I kept moving the car to get more pictures," Sigurdsson said. "A busload of tourists came and they certainly got their money's worth."
2013 has proved a bumper year for sightings of the northern lights, due to a peak in the 11-year solar cycle. In this image taken earlier this month by Jim Halfpenny in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, they appear to float above some stones.