Northern Lights Time-Lapse: Stunning Aurora Borealis Display Captured In Sweden [VIDEO]

By Josh Lieberman on November 15, 2013 3:16 PM EST

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On November 9, videographer Chad Blakley incredible footage of aurora borealis from a park in Sweden. Above, the northern lights as seen from Norway in January 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

This autumn has been a particularly good season for the northern lights, and a recent time-lapse video of aurora borealis is one of the coolest we've seen yet. On November 9, videographer Chad Blakley captured the aurora from Abisko National Park in Lapland, Sweden, which lies within the Arctic Circle and is prime viewing territory for the northern lights.

"The auroras started almost immediately after the sun went down and danced overhead all night long," Blakley told Space.com. "It amazes me to think that the lights have been dancing over teepees in Lapland for thousands of years."

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Blakley is something of an expert when it comes to photographing the northern lights--he even moved to this frigid northern stretch of Sweden to be closer to the lights. As he writes on his Vimeo page, Blakley's first experience seeing an aurora was transformative, causing him to pick up his camera years after he'd left the world of photography.

"Nearly ten years after losing interest in photography, something incredible happened--I saw my first aurora. Since that cold, dark night in the far north of Sweden I was hooked. Since then I have spent thousands of hours outside photographing the star-filled skies."

The northern lights are caused by charged solar particles entering earth's atmosphere and colliding with earth's gaseous particles; different types of gas result in different auroral colors. We are currently experiencing the highest period of auroral activity in about a decade. That's because the sun's magnetic field is about to flip, an event that causes every 10 to 13 years. (It's no big deal; it won't kill us all.) During this part of the solar cycle, there are increased solar flares and coronal ejections--something we've seen a bit of recently--which leads to more frequent northern lights shows.

If you're willing to trek to the Arctic Circle (or close to it), Fodor's Travel rounded up of the ten best places to see the northern lights. Of you can just watch Blakley's video below, which, Blakley proudly notes, has not been color corrected--those northern lights colors are the genuine article.

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Lights Over Lapland's wilderness teepee in Abisko National Park. November 9th, 2013 from Lights Over Lapland on Vimeo.

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