Take a few moments out of your busy day to bask in this peerless stop motion video of one of the most beautiful phenomena our planet has to offer: the aurora borealis. Our ancestors believed these light displays were the resting place of divine spirits. We now know that in fact they are electrically charged particles streaming from the sun attracted by the magnetic pull of the earth’s poles.
The best places to view this spectacle are the northern latitudes of Alaska, Norway, Finland and Sweden. The photographer, Ole C. Salomonsen, estimates he shot some 150,000 exposures in his home state of Norway to get the 6,000 frames used in the four-and-a-half-minute final cut. Enjoy.
External link: Vimeo: Celestial Lights
Feature image: “Aurora Borealis” by kiddik