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Northern Lights trump street lights in Iceland

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND: Street lighting in Reykjavik will be switched off for an hour Wednesday evening to give residents of the Icelandic capital a better view of the Aurora Borealis, city authorities said.

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Most parts of the world’s northernmost capital city, including the centre, will go dark from 10:00 pm.

“Residents are invited to join in by turning out the lights at home so as to maximise the darkness and minimise light pollution,” the local government said in a statement.

The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, are multicoloured natural illuminations caused by interactions between solar winds and the Earth’s magnetic field.

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