Normally they’re known for tracking tornadoes and watching funnel clouds form, but on June 8 a couple of storm chasers ran into a tempest of a different sort.
Cameras caught an amazing display of the aurora borealis that made it as far south as central Minnesota and condensed it into this stunning time-lapse video. The footage was shot between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., Stormchasingvideo.com said, just after moonset and before the first sunrays started peeking over the horizon.
This set of Northern Lights came alive when a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) slammed magnetosphere late on June 7, according to Spaceweather.com. The colors were unusual.
“In auroras, purple is a sign of nitrogen,” said Spaceweather.com. “While oxygen atoms produce the green glow … the purple comes from molecular nitrogen ions at very high altitudes.”
The sweetly chirping birds are testament to the hour, and add to the still, sacred feeling of mystery that permeates the sight, coming through even in the video.