Aurora Borealis. The Northern Lights. One of the most beautiful, naturally occurring phenomenon on our home planet Earth. Called by many names throughout the ages (the Native American Cree call it “The Dance of the Spirits”), the Auroras have continued to be a source of awe and inspiration for many. Painted in the sky by the forces of our own Sun and Earth’s gravity, it is a dream-like reminder that the rest of the universe is not so far away.
It has served as the subject of countless incredible, unmistakable images, but recent advances in digital photography have brought us images — and now HD video — like we’ve never seen before!
For those of us who live too far away to see it with their own eyes, we give you 6 fantastic videos of the Aurora Borealis. Trust us, you’ll want to sit back and watch these full screen.
Aurora Borealis in Finnish Lapland 2011
A beautiful motion-timed timelapse film of the Northern Lights, originally shot in 4k resolution.
Another incredible motion-timed film, shot in Digital Cinema 4k with mind-blowing colors.
Northern Light Legends, Kugluktuk
More stunning imagery, but a different take on the phenomenon, including clips from an interview with a local elder who shares stories of the lights passed down by her ancestors.
In The Land Of The Northern Lights
Another great video of the lights originally shot in HD 4k with great time-lapse motion.
Time Lapse View from Space | NASA, ISS
Perhaps the crown jewel in this set of videos; A breathtaking time lapse of the Aurora Borealis from above the Earth over various countries, shot from the International Space Station this past August through October (2011).
The Aurora Borealis Explained
The Department of Physics at the University of Oslo, Norway gives us a short, fantastic (and cool looking!) explanation of what the Aurora Borealis actually is. It is fascinating and a little bit scary to understand the forces at work behind something so beautiful!