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Grab a seat for the Celestial Lights show!


Painstakingly assembled from over 150,000 digital photos taken over the course of eight months, this stunning time-lapse video of aurora-filled Arctic skies is the latest creation by photo/video artist Ole C. Salomonsen. Take a moment, turn up the sound, sit back and enjoy the show!

This is Ole’s second video project. The footage was shot on location in parts of Norway, Finland and Sweden from September 2011 to April 2012, and shows the glorious effects that the Sun’s increasing activity has had on our planet’s upper atmosphere.

Ole writes on his Vimeo page:

The video is a merge of two parts; the first part contains some more wild and aggressive auroras, as well as a few Milky Way sequences, hence either auroras are moving fast because they are or they are fast due to motion of the Milky Way / stars. Still, some of the straight-up shots are very close to real-time speed — although auroras mostly are slower, she can also be FAST!

The second part has some more slow and majestic auroras, where I have focused more on composition and foreground. The music should give you a clear indication of where you are.

Ole's cameras capture shimmering sheets of aurora over the Arctic. (© Ole C. Salomonsen)

The music was provided by Norwegian composer Kai-Anders Ryan.

Ole’s “hectic” aurora season is coming to a close now that the Sun is rising above the horizon in the Arctic Circle, and he figured that it was a good time to release the video. It will also be available on 4K Digital Cinema on request.

“Hope you like the video, and that you by watching it are able to understand my fascination and awe for this beautiful celestial phenomenon,” says Ole.

You can follow Ole’s work on Facebook at facebook.com/arcticlightphoto, and check out his website here.

Video © Ole C. Salomonsen. Music by Kai-Anders Ryan.

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A graphic designer in Rhode Island, Jason writes about space exploration on his blog Lights In The Dark, Discovery News, and, of course, here on Universe Today. Ad astra!

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  • Tim Queeney April 19, 2012, 12:40 AM

    Fantastic work. Breathtakingly beautiful.

  • Kandy Crowe April 19, 2012, 3:23 PM

    You are a GENIUS!

  • Prism2Spectrum April 21, 2012, 12:49 PM

    Viewing this composition, I thought I had been transported to the grounds of Valhalla. The Artistry of earth and sky around us (stunning in this Arctic theme), so creatively melded and scored, was very moving. Magnificent!

    Truly, in myriad ways, this kaleidoscope turn of World affords more time-changing, dynamic beauty than any of us could ever fully comprehend (we can only glimpse its varied moments), from submarine depths, through subterranean treasure, to its “Celestial Lights”: Endless wonders to behold!

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