Aurora Over Norway Popular Time Lapse Video

Day One of the Thirty Day Hubpage Challenge

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This first day of the 30-Day Hubpage Challenge beginning the month of April 2011 starts with a phenomenal video. Whether I am the fool for pushing myself beyond normal limits, or Hubpages will fool the community into participating in this adventure will be determined in the coming days and weeks.

I'm thinking about a theme for this month. Perhaps it will develop and adapt over time. Maybe a structure or theme will begin to surface and I'm looking forward to your comments on what might be a good theme. Each day will add a new piece to the puzzle. I've got lots of ideas up my sleeve with never a loss of creativity.

Today's spiritual hub shares with you an uplifting natural phenomena caught on film. This popular video turned up on my FaceBook stream a couple of week's ago and today was received in my email in-box as a link, directing me to the highly recommended "Astronomy Picture of the Day" website.

AURORA FROM SPACE | Many months later a spectacular view of aurora around the globe from the space station will tantalize you.

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As in the incredible video highlighted in this hubpages article, you may have open these pages and flip through them on your lap. In Northern Lights, photographers Calvin Hall and Daryl Pederson provide one hundred photographs, shot from remote locations all over Alaska without the use of filters or digital enhancement.

In addition, George Bryson tells the legends, myths, and science surrounding this polar phenomenon.

About the Author

Calvin Hall has published his work in National Geographic Adventure, Esquire, and Alaska Magazine, among others. He lives in Anchorage.

Daryl Pederson has been photographing the northern lights since the 1980s. He lives in Girdwood, Alaska, and owns a photography studio in Anchorage.

George Bryson writes for the Anchorage Daily News and teaches at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He lives in the Chugach foothills in southeast Anchorage.

Time-Lapse Auroras Over Norway is a copyrighted film accredited to photographer Terje Sørgjerd. You can visit his FaceBook photography page. The background music is accredited to Hans Zimmer andLisa Gerrant from the 2000 Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning film Gladiator using the "Now we are Free" track. Stars of this film included Russell Crowe (who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as "Maximus" in the film Gladiator), Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed and Richard Harris. The Lyndhurst Orchestra performing the score was conducted by Gavin Greenaway.

This particular aurora occasion showcased one of the largest auroral displays in recent between the borders of Norway and Russia. Relax, meditate and enjoy the swiftly moving sky and ghostly aurora grassy green colors float in the upper atmosphere over snowy landscapes, forests, mountains, and the blue lakes around Kirkenes, Norway. As explained in the following paragraphs, high energy particles strike the Earth's atmosphere, causing the air to glow as electrons recombine with their oxygen hosts. Like a gas flame flickering, depending upon the elements like sulphur, nitrogen and iron will produce different colors, In the aurora lights, the nitrogen will flash sparks of color. Notice the moon and stars in the lit sky. Because these phenomena are due to sun activity, projected frequency will increase in the coming years.

I propose interesting episodes since the shift and change in the earth's rotation due to the Japan earthquake and the following release of radioactive gases into the air. I'm looking forward to future video captures of these events.

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What is an Aurora?

A night time phenomena viewed from the polar regions of the planet provides a mysterious spiritual experience. These "northern or southern lights" or "polar auroras" occur in the ionosphere. They are also referred to as polar auroras.

An aurora may appear in the night sky when quickly moving charged particles, like electrons and protons, emitted from the sun travel along magnetic fields around the earth. As these particles move through the ionosphere the nitrogen molecules of our atmosphere collide and hit these moving particles. As they move toward the North and South poles, light energy is emitted as some of the electrons slow down and some molecules store energy and become "excited" from the collision. An excited atom or molecule can return to the non-excited state (ground state) by sending off a photon, i.e. by making light.

Learn More:

  • Shooting the Aurora Borealis Highly recommend reading Dick Hutchinson's story and clicking to open his photoshoots!
  • David Stern's educational files Learn a whole lot more about the entire Magnetosphere in space. David Stern, Emeritus, Goddard Space Flight Center Outlines his thoughts for the sky centered people on earth.
  • The Polar Aurora Learn more about viewing the green rays of light in Alaska, Canada, Norway, Finland and Northern Russia
  • Natural Science Classroom A whole FAQ and Classroom of information and activities, including an observatory
  • Aurora Exploratorium Called "paintings in the sky" get more of your questions answered, like how far away are they and how big are they?
  • Aurora Pictures A gallery list of images from public citizens, scientists and posted on NASA website
  • Geophysical Institute Discover why we see green and red colors based upon the type of element oxygen and nitrogen become split upon collision at high speeds.

As you view the magical experience of the night sky aurora, you can see how poet this Latin word for dawn, Aurora, evolved in ancient Roman mythology and inspired the goddess of dawn.

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sabu singh 5 years ago

Absolutely fascinating Debby. Thank you for this Hub and the incredible video.

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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Dear Sabu ~ So happy you enjoyed this hub! Hugs, Debby

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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Awesome! Voted up, and shared!

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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

You are a doll, Lilly.

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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Great hub. I clicked on the video and it would not work. I will come back later to check out the video.

Thank you for sharing.

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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Beautiful video...I read the explanation how the light is emitted and still don't understand, but frankly it doesn't matter...It's there to remind us the beauty of nature and to reach inside our souls

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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello FossillLady ~ truly beautiful. It seems a hard concept to understand the science. But, if we think about how light is emitted and generated then it happens when molecules bang into each other and knock the electrons to change the molecule. Depending on whether there are oxygen, nitrogen or other elements tells what colors will be viewed by the eye. The speed of this activity cannot typically be captured by the regular camera, says one of the photographers. Think about the flame of a candle and the color of the flame. Have a lovely day. Debby

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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello Granny's House - video working fine now. Please come back to view often. Very inspirational. Enjoy your day. Deb

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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Thanks for explaining that again, I get the basic premise...yeah

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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Muchas gracias! That was beautiful. I've seen Northern Lights only twice--at 14,000 feet on the flanks of Longs Peak Colorado and at Chimney Pond campsite in Northern Maine.

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Brave lady, Debby. Nice hub, but can you keep up the numbers. I know you can do the quality, but thirty (30) hubs?

Good luck.

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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello Juneaukid You must have been very inspired. I doubt I will ever see this in person.

Twilight Lawns. I've done a 30-Day challenge before, but just not on Hubpages. We shall see if I can keep it up. Keep following! Love, Debby

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tom hellert 5 years ago from home


The day we lose those lights is the start of big trouble-its funny how they have been interpreted throughout history, indian legends asian legendsand scandenavian icelandic lore good ole sky spirits....


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello Tom. So happy you commented to bring me back to this Aurora video. No matter how many times I watch I see the miracles of our world. Just this week a good friend drove up to Canada, she says her true love. She will sit in a t-shirt staring at the skies, while her husband is bundled up in winter coat and blankets. I can see them now!

Although we have scientific explanations for these atmospheric changes, it does not negate the legends of yore, when humankind had a closer connection with nature's earth, sky, wind and sea. We can learn much from their interpretations and getting in touch with spirit. Blessings, Debby

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tom hellert 5 years ago from home


Sometimrs I wish we still did believe in the sky spirits we dont really know allot but too many of the humans think they do...someday we will find out the truth and find out how silly we are....


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

God is laughing now!

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tom hellert 5 years ago from home


I should do a hub on that statement....

i have always wanted to....


good idea...


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