Gorgeous Timelapse Video of Colorful Alaskan Nights

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In February, photographer Alexis Coram took a last minute trip to Alaska. She hoped to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights while she was there—but she got a lot more than just a glimpse. It was "an extravaganza," she writes on her Vimeo page, "a party in the sky ... These were enchanted nights like I've never experienced."

She captured the show with her camera and turned it into a peaceful and mesmerizing timelapse video she calls "Technicolour Alaska." Check it out below.

The Northern Lights are caused by electrically charged solar particles and atoms from our atmosphere colliding. "The energy from the collisions is released as light, and the reason it happens around the poles is because that's where the earth’s magnetic field is the strongest," Will McGough wrote in a mental_floss piece last year.

May 14, 2014 - 9:00pm
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