Sunday, December 20, 2015

Caught a wolf in the sky?

Foto: Marja-Terttu Karlsson
Marja-Terttu Karlsson, who resides in Pajala, Swedish Lapland, did not realise how lucky she had been when she was out to photograph the northern lights last week.

Only when she uploaded the images to the computer, she recognised the familiar shape that appeared right before her eyes:

– I thought "oh my God, it resembles a fox or a wolf or something." I didn't know when I photographed what I got. It was amazing, she says.

Northern lights are common in the arctic region of the northern hemisphere and are caused by the solar wind colliding with the atmosphere. Recent years northern lights have been getting more common, caused by increased solar activity.

Ms Karlssons picture of the celestial animal has since become a viral success. It has been shared thousands of times on Facebook, but has also raised suspicion. Several people have been in contact with both SVT nyheter Norrbotten and the photographer herself, to question the authenticity of the picture.

– They think it is fake, but I can assure all sceptics that it's genuine, Ms Karlsson tells SVT nyheter Norrbotten.