Coronal Mass Ejection Makes For Beautiful Aurora Borealis Time-Lapse Video

By Nick Venable | Updated

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Göran Strand, of Östersund, Sweden, set up an all-sky camera on March 17, 2013, two days after sunspot AR1692 blasted out an M1-class solar flare that sent a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) into Earth’s atmosphere, totally messing with our mojo, bro.

Strand’s camera captured 2,464 raw images between 19:20 and 23:35 UT, and was able to put them all together to create the following time-lapse video of the Aurora Borealis as it swirls across the sky. Give it a watch and keep in mind that this is what keeps that bastard Superman so powerful.

It’s as if the Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland got a hold of the biggest, most magical hookah ever. The fantastic image of the sun is a hydrogen alpha mosaic Strand made from 10 images taken on March 16th. There are few things more humbling than a comparison between the Earth and the all-encompassing massiveness that is our sun. And most of them have to do with entering a sauna nude.