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Aurora borealis
Aurora borealis.
Photo: NASA
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This aurora video from NASA is beautiful beyond belief

We are spoiled to see amazing Northern Lights in Norway. For this perspective, though, we must turn to NASA – who serves up these incredible images in 4K resolution.

Only a very few people ever get the chance to the see the Northern Lights from above – from space.

Perhaps the closest we are likely to get is through this incredible video just released by NASA. The film is composed of several time-lapse recordings from the International Space Station (ISS). It shows both the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis phenomena.

The film is released in ultra-HD resolution (4K), meaning the images are not only stunningly beautiful, but also crystal clear. So turn off the lights, run the film in full screen, and enjoy these five minutes of wonder. (You might have to manually choose 4K resolution in the bottom right corner of the video frame).

Space tourism is happening soon. Still, it seems unlikely that most people can really expect to see such a sight with their own eyes.

Here in Norway, however, we are spoiled with displays of the auroras with our feet safely on the ground. Places like Alta, Tromsø and The Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway, as well as the Svalbard archipelago even further north, are among the best places in the world to experience them, and are regularly recommended on various top lists around the web.

In Northern Norway, the auroras have always been an important part of the culture and mythology. Even though we can now explain the phenomenon with science, we’re awestruck when we actually see it – standing under the lights dancing slowly and gracefully across the night sky.

Aurora borealis

Aurora borealis.
Photo: NASA

Then again, science and wonder are far from opposites, as all space enthusiasts and NASA nerds are well aware. As NASA explains under the video, the aurora occurs when electrically charged electrons and protons in the Earth’s magnetic field collide with neutral atoms in the upper atmosphere.

The fact that we are seeing the Earth’s magnetic field in action, facing the forces of the sun, makes it all the more fascinating.

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