Northern lights timelapse

Norwegian photographer Eirik Evjen recently captured this amazing timelapse footage of the northern lights over Lofoten, arctic Norway.

Erik left his camera at the top of the mountain for 8 hours overnight, wrapped in his fleece jacket so that the batteries wouldn’t freeze to death. The camera was set to take two pictures per minute; the timelapse contains around 780 single shots.

The northern lights (also known as aurora borealis) are only visible at northerly latitudes, just within the arctic circle (the southern version is called aurora australis). It is caused when the sun emits a cloud of gas – an event known as a ‘coronal mass ejection’, in case you’re interested – which collides with the earth’s magnetic field. This collision generates charged particles which flow towards the magnetic poles of the earth. When they collide with oxygen and nitrogen atoms, they produce this amazing light show. So appreciate it!

Northern lights photo

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