Passenger shoots northern lights timelapse on a flight to Iceland

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Why are all videos of the auroras sped up? Are they boring at normal speed?


Most aurora videos are made up from stills shot using long exposures (5-10 seconds isn’t uncommon) because the sensors in most cameras are nowhere near sensitive enough to record them in real time. The Sony A7s is one of the few cameras that can shoot the aurora in real time and there are some videos from it on the web.

As for is it dull at normal speed? Nope - utterly fascinating. It might ripple gently like a flag for a few minutes, and then the whole display might appear to peel away or start to flutter like a curtain.


“I had the whole row to myself…”

Way to bury the lede.

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