Ruslan Merzlyakov posted this photo to EarthSky Facebook. It’s a delicate aurora in the long polar night, seen from the island of Spitsbergen, largest and only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago in northern Norway, in the Arctic Ocean. Ruslan said he captured this photo at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. He wrote:
That day I felt myself like in a fairytale.
Thank you, Ruslan!
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.