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When solar flares pulled the northern lights farther south than usual this week, photographers across the world were ready to capture the rare sight on camera.
iReporter JesperG showed us lights dancing across the Denmark sky in a dazzling time-lapse video created from about 100 photographs. "Avid sky watcher" spirithands captured a stunning shot of a person silhouetted against Canada's glowing horizon. And in Norway, Wiciwato was treated to a view so spectacular, it brought tears to his eyes.
"When I realized I've actually witnessed the northern lights I just began to smile, because I had started to doubt that I would see it," Wiciwato said.
As the evening wore on, the light show became brighter, explained the 16-year-old photographer. "Around 1:30 [a.m.] when it was at its most powerful – also the time where I could easily see it with my naked eye – I actually started to cry a little. It was such a beautiful sight."
Stunning. Wish I could figure out how to the the time lapse video from this page.