Everyone loves aurorae. I mean, what's not to love about them? Not only are they stunningly beautiful, but they remind us just how powerful the Sun is. By that, I am referencing the fact that, despite the millions of miles that separate our fragile planet from the nearest nuclear furnace, it can spit out charged particles that not only reach Earth, but set its atmosphere alight.

This incredible video, which was captured in Yellowknife Canada back in 2013, allows you to see aurorae as you've never seen them before — in real time. Instead of just seeing the climax (when the aurora is at its peak) or a timelapse video sped up drastically, you are able to see an aurora's movements in the sky as they happen. You can even watch as it spreads out all across the sky.

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Surprisingly, this one moves very quickly (unusually so, some might say), which makes it all the more impressive (and a bit more difficult to capture). Of course, nothing beats actually witnessing one with your own two eyes, but it's pretty darn close.

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This video was shot by Kwon O Chul. The original can be found here. (Hat tip to "Its Okay to Be Smart.")


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