“Oh my God,” thought Marja-Terttu Karlsson, a resident of Pajala, Sweden, upon uploading photos she captured of the northern lights. “It resembles a fox or a wolf or something.”
The aurora borealis, or northern lights as they’re sometimes called, are common throughout the arctic, from Sweden to Alaska to Canada. The phenomenon is caused by solar wind hitting the atmosphere. During the past few years of increased solar activity, the northern lights have been more common.
Karlsson’s picture has been shared thousands of times over Facebook, but it also raised suspicions about authenticity. Many skeptics think it’s faked, that it was photoshopped, but Karlsson insists it is a real photograph.