There is no doubt that an Aurora Borealis is a fantastic visual phenomenon. It is a natural light display in the sky visible especially in the high latitude regions, triggered by the collision of solar wind and magnetospheric charged particles with the high altitude atmosphere. As the evening sky started to be engulfed with peculiar green streaks of dancing light, Kwon O Chul, an astrophotographer, aimed his camera at the heavens to document the astounding phenomenon.
Observed from a point near Yellowknife in northern Canada, the Auroras were so amazingly intense that the Kwon O Chul needed only a few seconds to shoot the luminous display. The collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that come into the earth’s atmosphere put on a spectacular show. They are called ‘Aurora Borealis’ in the north and ‘Aurora Australis’ in the south.
Visible on the ground in Chul’s photos are outdoor viewing teepees that form part of the Aurora Village, a well-known destination for viewing the Aurora Borealis in person since it is situated far from the ocean on flat land and below an aurora oval in the Northwest Territories. These characteristics makes for frequently clear skies and an optimal chance that tourists and viewers will get to see the natural light display first hand.
Chul’s still shots captured the amazing event, while his real-time motion video will leave you in absolute awe.
Viewing a celestial event of this nature just absolutely touches you to the depths of your very soul. Mystical lights fluttering across the night sky is a powerful visual to behold, and reminds us of the enigmatic universe we live in. Aurora displays may appear in several colors, but pale green and pink are the most frequent shades. Red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have also been documented.
The lights appear in many various forms, from patches or scattered clouds of light to arcs, streamers, rippling curtains or streaking rays that light up the sky with a supernatural looking glow. Just absolutely magnificent!