Spooky ring of light created by Arctic's ice-mapping lasers (Photo)

April 16, 2015 12:30 PM

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Spooky ring of light created by Arctic's ice-mapping lasers (Photo)

It may look like the setting for a sci-fi film, but a new photo of a backward-C-shaped pattern of lights against a desolate blue background has a more terrestrial origin.

The image, released April 5 by NASA's Earth Observatory, shows pulses of laser light hitting Arctic sea ice — the ice that forms and floats in Arctic waters.

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