Timelapse: Incredible Northern Lights from the Arctic Circle

by Nancy Atkinson on December 13, 2012

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Shot from the Arctic Circle in Canada, this beautiful display of the Aurora Borealis will put you in the holiday mood (I’m sure Santa’s workshop is just beyond one of those mountains in the background!) National Geographic photographer Mike Theiss said the northern lights started around 11:30pm and continued on until around 3am. “The lights were dancing, rolling and twisting and at times looked like they were close enough to touch,” he said.

Just beautiful.

Read more about his Arctic Circle adventure here.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Gary Arndt December 13, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I’ve been to that exact spot. It is on the Dempster Highway in the Yukon.

Boone_1781 December 13, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Right. As the linked article says: ‘”He spotted them and stopped to take pictures a short drive from his hotel, at a lonely truck
stop off the Dempster Highway, a route that follows on old dogsled
trail and connects the Yukon cities of Dawson City and Inuvik.”

I’d be interested to know the timelapse details. Essentially, how “sped up” does the timelapse make this appear?

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