The Aurora Borealis, or as it’s more commonly known, the “northern lights” are one of the most awe-inspiring natural phenomenon you can find on this planet.
The Aurora Borealis is caused when gaseous particles from the sun collides with the Earth’s atmosphere. The color of the lights are determined by the type of solar gas particles hitting the atmosphere.
Red auroras are caused by oxygen hitting the atmosphere at an altitude of 200 miles. Nitrogen produces blue and purple. The most common is green, caused by oxygen molecules that strike the atmosphere at an altitude of 60 miles.
Witnessing the aurora is easier said than done. It requires extreme northern or southern vantage points.
This man took a trip out to take some footage of the northern lights but got way more than he thought he would. The light show in the video is called a northern lights “superstorm.” It evolves rapidly, changing size and shape quickly. You can hear the photographer’s excitement as he realizes what he’s captured.