This Beautiful Aurora Is One Spiral in the Sky That Isn't Out to Get You

All around is chaos and coming apocalypse, so take a moment to cast your eyes over this beautiful, calming aurora, snapped by David Cartier.

Aurora—the ribbons of light caused by charged particles from the Sun which slam into the Earth's magnetic field—often form fantastical shapes, but rarely this crisply. Cartier snapped this beautiful curl of light in the Yukon Territory. The bright "star", caught in the middle of the aurora and reflected in the water, is in fact Jupiter.

If you like this image, Cartier has plenty more to show you on his Flickr page. Go take a look. [David Cartier via Bad Astronomy]

Image by David Cartier