NASA warns spectacular ‘beauty and the beast’ aurora could wreak havoc on Earth

Scientists warn that a solar flare could one day bring down the Earth’s communication networks

Source: Sophie Curtis

NASA has shared a spectacular picture of the Northern Lights adorning the sky in Iceland – but warned that the “beauty and the beast” aurora could wreak havoc here on Earth.

The image was captured by astronomer Juan Carlos Casado in 2016, and selected as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day on Sunday.

It shows the aurora borealis over Thingvallavatn Lake in Iceland – a lake that partly fills a fault that divides Earth’s large Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

“Admire the beauty but fear the beast,” wrote Casado, in his picture caption.

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