March 24, 2016 2:40 pm
Updated: March 24, 2016 3:24 pm

Watch this stunning video of the northern lights in real-time

The northern lights, or aurora borealis.

FIle/Courtesy of Garry Stone

We often see time-lapse videos of the northern lights, one of the most beautiful spectacles in our sky. But rarely do we get to see them in real-time.

Alexis Coram, a professional photographer, decided to record the northern lights, or aurora, in real-time. Her video provides a spectacular glimpse into what it’s like to watch auroras dancing overhead.

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Alaska’s Aurora Borealis in Real Time (originally in 4K) from Alexis Coram on Vimeo.

In her Vimeo video shared last week, Coram wrote, “My first attempt at 4K video on a recent mid-Feb trip to Fairbanks, Alaska. This footage was all filmed in around 5 minutes and is entirely real time. This was one of the fastest Auroras I have seen, and certainly the brightest.”

Coram told Global News that this was her third annual winter trip to Alaska for the aurora.

“It’s become a bit of an obsession because there’s just nothing else like it. It’s hard to put into words the feeling I get when I’m under the stars watching science dance above,” she said. “It’s surreal and mystical, and tremendously beautiful. The best moments are like those captured in the video, when an intense storm hits and the lights burst into the brightest, most vigorous of dances, so intense that you can actually hear it.

” Yes, it’s science… but it feels like magic.”

Northern lights occur when particles are ejected from the sun (which can happen in various ways) and interact with Earth’s magnetic field. While they provide beautiful displays, strong ones can disrupt satellites and power grids.

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