AuroraMAX: Science is Beautiful

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Uploaded on April 4, 2012

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AuroraMAX: Science is Beautiful

2012-04-04 - Filmed near Yellowknife in Canada's Northwest Territories, this video is a compilation of thousands of time-lapse photographs of AuroraMAX's most magical moments in 2010 and 2011. When charged particles from space travelling at hundreds of kilometres per second collide with oxygen and nitrogen in our atmosphere, the night lights up with the dance of the aurora borealis. This video weaves footage shot by roving cameras with "fish-eye" (round) images captured by the AuroraMAX Observatory's all-sky imager, which broadcasts the Northern Lights live each night during aurora season (August to May).

AuroraMAX is a public engagement initiative designed to communicate the science and the splendour of Canada's Northern Lights, and how the Sun's relationship with Earth can affect our daily lives. AuroraMAX is a collaboration between the University of Calgary, the City of Yellowknife, Astronomy North and the Canadian Space Agency.

(Credits: Canadian Space Agency, University of Calgary, Astronomy North)

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