Wild video shows the Northern Lights dancing in Alaska in real time
FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Alaska is no stranger to Northern Lights displays, but Sunday night’s show is certainly one for the books.
Aurora chaser Vincent Ledwina captured this nearly 2-minute video of a brilliant green image of the Northern Lights near Fairbanks.
Watch above as the streaks of green dance across the sky… in real time.
Bright displays of northern lights usually follow a few days after solar events known as coronal mass ejections or solar flares. The eruptions bring a shower of electrons that interact with the oxygen and nitrogen in the Earth’s magnetic field, which surrounds the outside of our planet.
The electrons briefly energize the oxygen and nitrogen molecules, and when the moment is over, the molecules emit some light. The color of the light depends on the gas – oxygen is mainly responsible for green and yellow, while nitrogen emits more of the blue hues.
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