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Volcano and Aurora in Iceland

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Volcano and Aurora in Iceland

Sometimes both heaven and Earth erupt.

Iceland in 1991, the
volcano Hekla
erupted at the same time that
auroras were visible overhead.

Hekla, one of the most

famous volcanoes in the world, has
erupted at least 20 times over the past millennium,
sometimes causing
great destruction.

The last eruption occurred only six years ago but caused only minor damage.

The green auroral band
occurred fortuitously about 100 kilometers above the erupting


Is Earth
the Solar System's only planet with
both auroras and

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