Brave Photographer Took This Mesmerizing Footage Of Aurora Borealis Storms In Alaska

StoryfulPublished: September 15, 201721 views
Published: September 15, 2017

The Aurora is an incredible light show caused by collisions between electrically charged particles released from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide with gases such as oxygen and nitrogen. The lights are seen around the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres.

Luckily for us, this photographer braved the cold for amazing footage of the Aurora Borealis in Alaska.

This is what the recorder had to say about his the footage: “This video was taken over the course of numerous weeks in subzero temperature in Talkeetna, Alaska. In order to capture it, I stayed up long into the early hours of the morning, waiting for the aurora while hiding from the cold wind under fallen logs and frozen river banks.”

In terms of what physically makes a place good to view aurora aside from the proximity to the magnetic poles. The most important point is ‘light pollution’, it will ruin any aurora show, so the best places to watch the auroras should be away from light pollution, i.e. the big cities and their busy streets. In most cases in the north this usually only requires driving for 30 minutes of a city/town and you should be in light pollution free skies.

This clip gives a different point of view, showing the Polar Lights as seen from space, thanks to NASA.

Credit: Alaska Outdoor Photography via Storyful

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