Dazzling Displays of Aurora Borealis Dance Across the Night Sky

When the night sky began to fill with eerie green streaks of dancing light, astrophotographer Kwon O Chul turned his camera upwards to capture the dazzling display. Located near Yellowknife in northern Canada, the auroras were so incredibly bright that the Korean photographer needed only mere seconds to capture the luminous phenomenon, which is caused when solar winds are pulled into the earth's atmosphere by magnetic force and the sky illuminates with a powerfully mysterious veil of colors that move and flow overhead.

Scattered below in Chul's photographs are outdoor viewing teepees that are part of the Aurora Village, a popular destination for seeing the Aurora Borealis first-hand because it is located far from the ocean on flat land and below an aurora oval in the Northwest Territories, which makes for regularly clear skies and a high chance that visitors will get to see the natural light display in person.

The still shots capture the extraordinary event while the real-time motion video below will send chills down your spine. Seeing such an elegant force of nature at work, with magical lights fluttering across the night sky, is a powerful example of the mysterious universe right before our eyes.

Kwon O Chul's website
via [Laughing Squid]

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