Lapland lights

By Phil Plait | July 16, 2012 1:03 pm

I get a lot of people sending me time lapse videos, and to be honest, I love it! They’re so much fun to watch, and so many of them actually show the sky above us in a new and interesting way.

At the very least, they’re lovely and invoke a sense of amazement. Even though this next one was made as essentially a travel advertisement for Sweden (it was filmed in Abisko National Park), I’ll allow it – after all, they’re hoping to get more people to see the aurorae! And the video is amazing: over 13 minutes of pretty cool footage of the northern lights.

My list of must-see places to visit on this planet is getting alarmingly long.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff, Pretty pictures

Comments (9)

  1. Marina Stern

    Trying to figure out the logistics. A good view of the aurora is on my bucket list.

  2. Mark

    The Northern Lights were spectacular here in northern Minnesota this weekend due to the solar flares, but it’s weird seeing them when it’s 88 degrees outside.

  3. Liisa

    This is gorgeous! I’ve been clouded out of our displays up here in Northern Ontario. Bummer. I might have to move to Sweden.

  4. RdeG

    In case had seen the clip of aurorae over a mountain top on NBC ( and were wondering about the source, it was Luke Humphrey (, a climber/photographer from the Puget Sound region who regularly spams his coworkers with some of the most amazing photography we’ve ever seen.

  5. Pasander

    Please note that we who live on higher northern latitudes don’t actually get to see Nothern Lights yet. That’s because it doesn’t get dark!

  6. Aurora was seen this weekend in The Netherlands!

  7. Crux Australis

    Oh I *do* hope I get to see some when I’m in Russia, Denmark and the UK in a couple of weeks!

  8. Pirjo Sundqvist

    and the same in Saariselkä Finland :)

    “Glass igloo provides an one of a kind opportunity to admire the northern lights and millions of stars of the crystal clear sky in a comfortable room temperature. Built from a special thermal glass the temperature inside the igloo always stays a normal level. It also prevents the glass from not getting white frosted, hence keeping the view clear even when the temperature outside drops to under -30°C. Every igloo is equipped with a toilet and luxury beds.”

  9. People of Sweden are lucky to have this kind of free awesome entertainment and advertisement for their country. I am really amazed to see the video.


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