This time lapse video of the Northern Lights is so magnificent that it looks like it was produced by Disney.
Irishman Ross McLaughlin filmed the Aurora Borealis up close and personal from his girlfriend’s balcony in Tromsø, Norway, while visiting in October. Amazingly he says the images have not been altered in anyway. And, as if the images themselves weren’t dramatic enough, his choice of music, “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy, is just perfect.
On YouTube he wrote, “Make sure to watch in HD to see stars, satellite passes and iridium flares, as well as the torches of people walking up the mountains.
“This video is made up from 3 different nights of auroral activity.
“With the exception of the first video during sunset, the time lapse is made from 15 sec exposures, at iso800, f/3.5 with a 10mm fisheye lens. I haven't edited the colours photographs in any way.”
It seems that the world’s interest in this amazing spectacle, the Northern Lights, has been on the up recently. In a recent post Astronomy Ireland explains why this is. The Aurora Borealis occurs “when a solar flare occurs on the Sun, it can sometimes release a coronal mass ejection (CME) in Earth's direction.”
They continued, “The magnetic fields associated with the CME can interact with Earth's magnetic field, and sometimes both magnetic fields will connect with each other, allowing material to be channeled towards the north and south poles of our planet, where they then interact with the gases in our atmosphere.
“As the particles in the material collide with gas in our atmosphere, the gases become energized and release light when they lose that energy, usually red and green for nitrogen and oxygen (the two main gases in the air). This light is what we see in the sky.”
Here’s another amazing perspective from our friends in NASA: