From Slate: Right now, the Sun is heading toward the peak of its active cycle in 2013, blasting out massive storms one after another. These storms scream across the depths of space, and if they interact with our Earth’s magnetic field, they can create ethereal, gorgeous aurorae (the northern and southern lights). It’s one of the more interesting ironies of nature that such violent events on the Sun create some of the most beautiful displays on the Earth.
But they are lovely, as photographer Nicholas Buer is about to show you. From photos taken in northern Norway, he created a time-lapse video of aurorae he’s called Spirits: