Auroras, the lights visible from the Northern part of the Earth, are supposed to be one of the most beatiful sights possible on Earth. Seeing them reminds us of our position in the Universe, as we recognise its infinite beauty and our irrelevant size inside it.
This time lapse is the greatest way to experience this sight, without moving an inch of your computer.
“The dancing lights of the aurora provide spectacular views on the ground, but also capture the imagination of scientists who study incoming energy and particles from the sun. Aurora are one effect of such energetic particles, which can speed out from the sun both in a steady stream called the solar wind and due to giant eruptions known as coronal mass ejections or CMEs. After a trip toward Earth that can last two to three days, the solar particles and magnetic fields cause the release of particles already trapped near Earth, which in turn trigger reactions in the upper atmosphere in which oxygen and nitrogen molecules release photons of light. The result: the Northern and Southern lights.”
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