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Cave with Aurora Skylight

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:49 am
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Yes, but have you ever seen aurora from a cave? To capture this fascinating juxtaposition between below and above, astrophotographer Bjargmundsson spent much of a night alone in the kilometer-long Raufarhólshellir lava cave in Iceland during late March.

There, he took separate images of three parts of the cave using a strobe for illumination. He also took a deep image of the sky to capture faint aurora, and digitally combined the four images later. The 4600-year old lava tube has several skylights under which stone rubble and snow have accumulated. Oh — the person standing on each mound — it’s the artist.

Image Credit & Copyright: Ingólfur Bjargmundsson

Image Credit & Copyright: Ingólfur Bjargmundsson

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