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Iceland capital city turns off lights so people can enjoy northern lights

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Iceland’s capital city went dark earlier this week so Reykjavik residents and tourists could get a better view of the northern lights.

Reykjavik city council announced Wednesday the city would turn off street lights in different districts for an hour so people could enjoy the dancing auroras, the Iceland Monitor reported.

READ MORE: Here’s how you can catch the northern lights this week

The city planned to shut off the lights from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. and city council encouraged homeowners to switch off their lights as well to reduce light pollution.

The northern lights have extremely active this week, dancing across large parts Canada and northern U.S.

READ MORE: Why do we get the northern lights?

In Iceland, sky watchers and shutterbugs captured incredible images of the streaking green lights as they danced across the night sky.

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