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Absolutely stunning time-lapse of Aurora Borealis

(CBS News) I have birthday coming up soon, and have been doing a bit of reflecting on life, love, work, the universe (and everything in-between). While there are so many things to be excited about, there's also a multitude that have me a bit on edge. And then I watched the video above and felt a calmness wash over me. So what I'm basically saying is that I highly recommend you click play and check out this absolutely stunning time-lapse of Aurora Borealis. There is a set-up of the context you should see, but the actual time-lapse kicks in after the 1-minute mark.

The truly wondrous piece of work (with perfectly matched music by Chris Zabriskie) was posted by YouTube user FotografGoranStrand who writes about the shoot:

This video shows what happened on [March] 17 when an CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) hit Earths magnetic field. Two days earlier, sunspot AR1692 had produced a M1-class solar flare that resulted in the CME that hit Earth.
This time lapse shows what happened during four hours over Östersund here in Sweden, between 19:20 and 23:35 UT.
The time lapse consists of 2464 raw images for a total data amount of 30Gb. The photo of the Sun is a hydrogen alpha mosaic I've made from 10 images that was captured on Mars 16. Total of 10 Gb data. So all in all this movie contains over 40Gb of data that I've been processing over the last 5 days. Hope you enjoy it.
So were you just mesmerized the whole time like I was? In relation to the universe, it kind of makes you feel big, small and connected at the same time, in my humble opinion. A big triple-rainbow salute of wonder and awe goes out to FotografGoranStrand from all of us here at The Feed for this inspiring and uplifting time-lapse piece! And to check out more phenomenal work by FotografGoranStrand, be sure to visit his YouTube page by clicking here.
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