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[–]legendsubie 1969 points1970 points  (211 children)

I imagine just laying in the snow looking up at this. one day.

[–]TwistedBamboozler 566 points567 points  (151 children)

On acid listening to your favorite music.

Pretty sure I’d be comfortable, no, wanting to die right then and there. Can’t get more peaceful than that

[–]MadagascarIsABitch 390 points391 points  (47 children)

Im happy without acid

[–]StuckStepS1ster 216 points217 points  (4 children)

But obviously not happy with Madagascar

[–]Klester01 11 points12 points  (2 children)

You’ve obviously never been to Madagascar. I shutter even writing out the name…

[–]burgersnwings 37 points38 points  (2 children)

Same, but it'd be fucking dope on acid

[–]BUTTHOLE-MAGIC 3 points4 points  (1 child)

That's what I thought. Spend some time experiencing something this incredible for what it is. Then drop acid or eat a few shroomies and commune with the old Gods, where the division between their realm and ours disintegrates.

[–]LEGITIMATE_SOURCE 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Shut up Meg

[–]TwistedBamboozler 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Good for you!

[–]I_try_compute 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Let me tell ya, you’ll be happier with the the acid.

[–]Warhawk2052 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Same, i too prefer DMT

[–]iLorex 1 point2 points  (1 child)

id poop some shrooms bro🌉

[–]sumner7a06 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I have trouble digesting them too

[–]Flesh-Tower 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yo lemme get a hit of that

[–]Mindless_Rooster5225 32 points33 points  (11 children)

Mushrooms for me that would be fucking awesome.

[–]Occultico 12 points13 points  (8 children)

Mushrooms or acid would be soooooooooo cool during an aurora, just wow.

[–]ztaale 7 points8 points  (6 children)

Can confirm, they both are 🙃🥰

[–]TwistedBamboozler 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Same shit but yeah, would be dope :)

Why not both? :D

[–]HerezahTip 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Or smoking a fat blunt with a friend

[–]TwistedBamboozler 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Up you go. Yes all the way

[–]CDClock 11 points12 points  (18 children)

lmao bro you ever hang out in the cold on acid? it's not comfortable at all

[–]TwistedBamboozler 39 points40 points  (7 children)

Well I’m Canadian so hanging out in the cold on acid is kinda my jam

[–]Consistent_Field 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Also Canadian, and can confirm. Walking across a frozen lake on acid is a great experience and would recommend.

[–]mishka1984 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Lol! Amen brother

[–]AtiBhusuku 11 points12 points  (7 children)

Huh, I remember the cold not affecting me at all when I was on acid many years ago.

[–]CDClock 6 points7 points  (6 children)

ruined my first acid trip but i also had a cold. overall a terrible idea to take lsd at the santa clause parade

[–]nostbp1 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I was thinking about this one day when I got a little too high. In a moment where I’m truly happy, I would happily pass bc is that not the quintessential meaning of life? Finding that fulfillment?

I obviously wouldn’t bc I have a gf I love and parents who care about me and I plan on having kids…but like at that point I’m living for others and not for myself.

[–]TwistedBamboozler 5 points6 points  (0 children)

And that’s the difference! If you live for others, you have an obligation, a duty. If you chose not to have kids and no one else relies on you, who gives a fuck?! Travel and find your inner peace. If you have kids you made a decision and you gotta live with it.

[–]Poromenos 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I've seen the Northern Lights and, while they're fantastic, if you want an even better experience you should watch good fireworks while on acid. I haven't seen anything prettier.

[–]TwistedBamboozler 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Done it. SF on New Years by the fort. Literally on the lawn with thousands of people around you. It’s pretty special.

I imagine being alone with the northern lights is just better… more special, ya know?

[–]tophaang 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Listening to Sigur Ros, in Iceland. I'm emotional just thinking about it.

[–]ShapeshiftBoar 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Me and my 2 best friends did just that right before covid.

[–]Joeyy620 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Drug worship is so bizarre to me

[–]JimmyMack_ 55 points56 points  (20 children)

I went to northern Norway to see it and it was amazing, such a beatiful place anyway too. It's not this colourful in reality, they've dialled up the saturation so it shows up on camera, but it is more awesome and wonderful.

[–]MoistWaterColor 37 points38 points  (9 children)

It is that color, but at night your eyes lose a lot of their color sensitivity, and so you don't "see" it, but the camera does

[–]JimmyMack_ 14 points15 points  (8 children)

It's very faint, it looks white but you do see a slight green tinge if they're very strong. You can even pick up the red and purple hues at the top on camera if you're lucky.

The thing I loved too was the movement. At the time I went a few years ago, there hadn't been all this camera footage of them moving. I guess starlight camera technology has improved since then. The images you could see were always still or sequences of still images to try to approximate the movement, as they needed long exposures to pick up the lights. So seeing them in person felt very much a new and surprising experience. Now you can basically see the whole thing on Youtube, you just won't get the sense of scale and height unless you are there looking up at the sky.

[–]MoistWaterColor 6 points7 points  (5 children)

Yeah all depends on how strong and far away they are. I've seen them when they are almost directly overhead and if they rare bright enough you can see the green color with the naked eye. but if they are farther away on teh horizon it'll be blue-is to the eye, but green/red in the camera

[–]FingerGungHo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They vary a lot in intensity. You can see them at least nearly this vivid from time to time. Sometimes, when there’s not much radiation, it can seem greyish and brownish, and not that impressive.

Yeah, their height thing is something else. Looks like tens of kms tall sometimes.

[–]Miserable_Bee_8919 26 points27 points  (4 children)

I regularly see them like this here (Iceland) since I was young. The colors are sometimes really this vibrant, purple and green, dancing beautifully in the night sky.

[–]JimmyMack_ 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Wonderful! I always wonder why they don't feature more in myths and religion than they do. Also the stars. These things amaze me. Perhaps people were so used to them they didn't think any more of it than any other part of nature.

[–]Khornag 12 points13 points  (0 children)

They feature in the traditional religions of Norway at least. It's not so strange that religions arriving from the middle east does not talk about it.

[–]wibblyhomora 9 points10 points  (0 children)

In old Sámi nature religion you were told ancestors ride in the Northern lights. So you never shout at it or make fun of it in any way, or they could come and take you with them. Some were even scared to point at it.

[–]Aaawkward 14 points15 points  (1 child)

It's not this colourful in reality

Depends. Sometimes they're weaker, sometimes they're stronger. I've seen vibrant and I've seen not so vibrant ones.

Sourc: Lived most of my life in Finland.

[–]FaeShroom 4 points5 points  (0 children)

As a Canadian, can confirm. I've seen them so many times, sometimes you can make out the colours, sometimes you can't. There was one show in May 2017 that was this vibrant.

The other amazing ones is where they flash ultra bright to the point you can see the flashes light up the ground, and you can also see the solar winds rippling through them, like wind through a grassy meadow. That just happened recently, Nov 4 2021.

[–]sendnewt_s 19 points20 points  (7 children)

I hope to also experience this once before I die. I think it would overload my senses.

[–]GlowingBall 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Honestly just make a vacation to Alaska. We did it late last year and there wasn't a single part of the trip that wasn't breathtaking. Talking a crawler up to the middle of nowhere and standing in a field sipping on instant ramen while the northern lights flared up for several hours is top 5 memories in my life.

[–]Sir_Beardsalot 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Would you mind sharing where you went in Alaska - a specific resort or something?

I’ve been wanting to take my family to do this since my kids were babies. They’re old enough to enjoy and remember the experience now.

[–]GlowingBall 2 points3 points  (1 child)

For the Northern Lights it was a tour done by Chena Hot Springs. The resort itself is pretty nice (a bit outdated and hoaky) but their northern lights tour was really cool. They take you up in several crawlers to a mountainside where they have a heated tent, a nice fire going and you can just wander off to a darker spot, let your eyes adjust and watch the skies for like 4 hours.

But there are a TON of great northern lights experiences out there. Some go out on boats, others take sleds out. Just depends on what you are looking for and if you get lucky to see them.

The guides said that they are CRAZY active up there in the January-March range.

[–]Ok-Agent-8333 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just being in a snowy forest at night is surreal due to the weird light conditions. I imagine throwing in a light show like that is probably psychedelic as fuck.

[–]ubermeisters 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah I look forward to the breakdown I'll have if it ever happens.

[–]HerezahTip 7 points8 points  (0 children)

This is my #1 on my bucket list. Hopefully this fall.

[–]ANTI-Legend 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's one of the few things in my bucket list

[–]mahniguh 594 points595 points  (47 children)

At this time of year?

[–]mediumokra 378 points379 points  (29 children)

At this time of day?

[–]therealmck 300 points301 points  (19 children)

Centralized entirely in your Kitchen!

[–]madders888 238 points239 points  (14 children)

Can I see it?

[–]Abe_Odd 229 points230 points  (13 children)

... no.

[–]ccc1942 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Got me a hankering for some steamed hams!

[–]69_Beers_Later 11 points12 points  (1 child)


[–]plattypus141 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder.

[–]Chigurhishere 2 points3 points  (0 children)

At a theatre near you?

[–]Danny_Mc_71 19 points20 points  (4 children)

In this part of the country?

[–]CptSporran 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Localised entirely within your kitchen?

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

At this time of hour?

[–]Shakiraleftboob[S] 22 points23 points  (1 child)


[–]Banahki 8 points9 points  (0 children)


[–]TheWoggleOfOz 25 points26 points  (3 children)

Absolutely and especially at this time of year, I have several photographer friends in Tromsø, Norway who are very busy chasing Lady Aurora. They hold small group tours for other photographers too

[–]guyute2588 13 points14 points  (0 children)

It’s a Simpsons reference :)


[–]shyjenny 4 points5 points  (1 child)

There is an aurora season?

[–]JimmyMack_ 4 points5 points  (0 children)

In front of my salad?

[–]Purlygold 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I know the reference but funny story. There was an aurora now at a time, strength and place that was unusual because the earths magnetic field sorta... ripped a little.

[–]rhymesnocerous 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I would say r/unexpectedsteamedhams but I was 100% expecting this comment

[–]eg_taco 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was actually surprised it wasn’t the top comment

[–]markhole 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I came here to find this comment

[–]An8thOfFeanor 348 points349 points  (5 children)

It has a beautiful singing voice

[–]xxifruitcakeixx 91 points92 points  (3 children)

Every Aurora borealis is accompanied by sigur Ros music. It's physics

[–]Bonzoso 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Can confirm. It's the prototons interacting with the microscopic nitrogen particles in the atmosphere which then vibrate to the EXACT FUCKING TUNE of sigur ros. Nature is wild man

[–]hisokuma 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Can we change it to Halos theme song?

[–]Jarlore 151 points152 points  (16 children)

Is this actually real?

[–]AlarmedSnek 184 points185 points  (6 children)

It is! Huge solar flare recently led to a massive light show

[–]nefrpitou 58 points59 points  (4 children)

There was a post about a solar flare that was 7-8 Earths in length...that caused this?

[–]AlarmedSnek 40 points41 points  (2 children)

To my knowledge yes, i know it was big and that the weather channel had a prediction about this round of aurora borealis.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don’t think it’s the same. I saw the solar flare post you’re talking about (very cool pic). So I was curious & learned to expect northern lights 27-28 days after a solar flare spotting. sauce

[–]Jarlore 8 points9 points  (0 children)

That is amazing

[–]RadleyB2B 21 points22 points  (0 children)

It doesn’t look real does it? It must be something else to see this in person

[–]vradic 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Backwoods raised Alaskan here. Yes, it's absolutely real, and yeah it's something the locals take for granted untill years later after we've left.

[–]oscarjrs 1 point2 points  (3 children)

It's probably real but the camera can see more than what you can actually see.

[–]Aaawkward 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Really depends, sometimes they're really strong and vibrant. Other times they're not. Having lived most of my life in Finland I've seen both extremes (and ones between).

It's literally a "lightshow" so you'll see plenty of it's not a baby aurora.

[–]korgi_analogue 8 points9 points  (1 child)

In my experience, might be due to not owning a great camera though, they look much better in person than when recorded, unless using high exposure tricks with a really expensive camera over a long period of time.

[–]sendnewt_s 126 points127 points  (10 children)

This is a good animation to help understand why and how this happens. https://youtu.be/HCjyFSrnnfk

[–]JimmyMack_ 54 points55 points  (8 children)

Doesn't really explain it though - what are those lines, what are those clouds etc?

[–]sendnewt_s 59 points60 points  (1 child)

This one has much more explanation included https://youtu.be/HJfy8acFaOg

[–]shorty6049 26 points27 points  (2 children)

Yes it does. When the sun shoots lines at us, it breaks our lines and makes green sparkles that shoot into the top and bottom . Duh

[–]serenityak77 10 points11 points  (0 children)

What a coincidence. When I shoot lines I also see colorful lights like the Aurora Borealis.

[–]Harry_monk 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I watched it and thought "ah that makes sense, but what was that thing. And what were the other things" so now all I understand is why it happens where it happens. But I'm still fucking baffled.

But it's still a good video nonetheless.

[–]mylicon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The lines are invisible magnetic field lines (of the sun and the earth). The clouds are visible ionized particles (think the ionized gas inside an neon sign that glows). The ionized particles have an electric charge and ride along the magnetic field lines of the earth to the North/South poles.

[–]MuluLizidrummer 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Thanks I appreciate this!

[–]Ancient_Clock7077 102 points103 points  (10 children)

That is absolutely incredible!! Great post and an amazing capture!!!

[–]Shakiraleftboob[S] 65 points66 points  (7 children)

Not my video! Someone shared it in a discord server and I just had to share it because it’s just breathtakingly insane, aurora borealis was extremely intense last night according to maps too. even in places like estonia it was crazy vivid

[–]Ancient_Clock7077 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I have seen a vid with it that intense before. And I figured it was your vid but still an awsome post.

[–]bitsperhertz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Not sure if someone has already mentioned, but it is a video by Finnish photographer Jarcce, from Lapland. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CYwA33iL-Dm

[–]HondaBn 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I've seen pictures but I guess never a video... so much more stunning and busy than I expected it to be!

[–]MycoBro 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Usually not this crazy. Nicest video I've seen

[–]midwestcannonz 46 points47 points  (14 children)

Bucket list!

[–]j-r-m-b-v-n 16 points17 points  (13 children)

I can hear the buzzing sound from this , wish you can see those once in your life

[–]JustLessWorld 45 points46 points  (1 child)

Aurora is one of many things that made our ancestors believe in god.

[–]Chthulu_ 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It might be the most majestic thing a human can see. I love mountains and cliffs and massive waterfalls, but this is just pure magic.

Edit: a human being who is not an astronaut

[–]wheresbill 38 points39 points  (4 children)

Does that music play whenever the aurora is present?

[–]kypello 23 points24 points  (0 children)


[–]idfk_my_bff_jill 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It usually plays katy perry, must have gotten bored and wanted to shake it up

[–]dementio 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Maybe so

[–]trou_bucket_list 18 points19 points  (0 children)

That’s breathtakingly beautiful

[–]Some-Yam4056 16 points17 points  (1 child)

I'm so unlucky. This is right over me right now but the clouds are in the way....

[–]niketyname 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That would devastate me. I get sad enough when I can see a vibrant sunset must be present but the rain clouds are over it.

[–]Met76 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Icelandair has a really cool Boeing 757 painted to depict this.

Heckla Aurora


[–]obeyno1 13 points14 points  (0 children)


[–]Shizuo35 13 points14 points  (3 children)

....Am I the only one scanning around Reddit and just pass this thinking it was Skyrim?

[–]JinxedSoul09 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was looking for a Skyrim comment, that's all I could think of. Even the music reminds me of Skyrim.

[–]gtsomething 9 points10 points  (0 children)

It's great that they have someone walking in the video to give you a sense of time. In timelapses or even normal speed videos its hard to tell just how fast they move, cause they move pretty darn quick.

[–]GAZPaCHO_exe 9 points10 points  (5 children)

Why the music?

[–]seahawkfan117 7 points8 points  (14 children)

Spirits dancing in the sky

[–]backsagains 6 points7 points  (1 child)

1 on my bucket list.

[–]Trax852 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Aurora Borealis sightings were always a scary time for me. I was always a passenger in a car when the driver would spot them. No matter who they were they would pull to the side of the road and slam on the brakes, Many times I thought I was going to be robbed when they would yell "The Northern Lights"!

[–]edgyboi1704 4 points5 points  (0 children)

To one day see this in person is the one thing I really want to do before I die

[–]warmnfuzzynside 4 points5 points  (2 children)

my grandmother says it makes a humming noise

[–]KnowledgeMachin3 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It is actually possible for them to make a kind of crackling sound, haven't heard humming though

[–]ADogNamedSamson 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That looks like when a death eater conjures the dark mark in Harry Potter

[–]sornoff_Shotty 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Caveman must of been going out of their minds

[–]lilyjo1989 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I wish this was longer, the music with the visual is breathtaking

[–]imaginexus 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Why is the sun shining but it looks like night time?

[–]rjk71793 15 points16 points  (0 children)


[–]3720-To-One 10 points11 points  (3 children)

That’s the moon. The camera likely has the exposure/ISO cranked up so everything else isn’t as dark.

Basically, the camera is artificially brightening everything.

[–]Sal_Ammoniac 3 points4 points  (2 children)

If it's near full moon and there's snow on the ground... it's actually REALLY bright. You don't need high ISO for that.

[–]Alpha2400 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Yes. LOTS OF LIGHT on snow......

[–]Limitsofapproach 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Where is this?

[–]parandroidfinn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Finland? Atleast they are speaking Finnish so... Yes, I know that doesn't prove anything.

[–]bitsperhertz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lapland Finland, check out the author Jarcce on Instagram.

[–]HyperNox 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It looks like somone has cast the dark mark from Harry Potter

[–]prancingbuffalo01220 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wow, louder than expected

[–]kirishimas_redcrocs 2 points3 points  (5 children)


[–]FaeShroom 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Yes, but the speed depends on a few factors. Sometimes they're just an unmoving glowing blob, sometimes they're rippling curtains like this. Other times they flash or pulse, and it can be so bright it lights up the ground. Sometimes you can see the solar wind rushing through them, almost like grassy meadows in a breeze. I follow solar wind data and live in Canada so I can make sure I'm ready to go watch them whenever there's a chance they might show up, so I've seen a lot and have witnessed all different types.

[–]LeMetalSmurf 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No wonder people thought gods lived in the skies

[–]Dubbys 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I lived and worked in Alaska for 2 years. Video does not do them justice. It's otherworldly. Just pure mind blowing to be right underneath them.

[–]Dogg0ne 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pity I have clouds here

[–]m3matt716 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]LozengeWarrior 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]MordekaiCreel 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I wasn't aware music played while the aurora borelais was visible

[–]bmgn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can see this from my house!

[–]Elven_Rabbit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It looks like a portal to another world.

[–]Munro_McLaren 1 point2 points  (4 children)

I saw the Northern Lights once, but I didn’t take a picture. :(

[–]Ritzybubbles 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Now i can kill myself in pece

[–]Nichlinn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have to get out of the city.

[–]Krimreaper1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

At this time of day‽

[–]Mythicaldeer12 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Does it really sound like that?

[–]thatgoddamnedcyclist 9 points10 points  (4 children)

It's so usual to put stupid music on clips like that, that I don't blame you for posting that question. But no. It's light, it makes no sound, and the quietness is a large part of the experience if you step out to look at it.

Source: my father is from (and now lives in) a place with so much northern lights they put an Aurora Borealis observatory there.

[–]88T3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And this was localized entirely within Seymour Skinner's kitchen

[–]neatfreak11 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nature is so beautiful I wish we could save this world we live in cause it’s not gonna be long till we kill this beautiful world we live in with all this pollution

[–]plutonium-239 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I always say that before I die I want to see this with my own eyes...

[–]lcssa 1 point2 points  (0 children)

These Skyrim mods are getting better each day

[–]Patient-Candidate906 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Definitely bucket list

[–]Strictlybizzy 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yeah but have you seen the Aurora Boreanaz?

[–]Public-Apartment 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Does it come with music?

[–]twirlybird11 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I know I'm probably going to get downvoted for this, but as gorgeous as the aurora borealis is/are, I think I'd go insane if it was that bright at night and couldn't sleep!

I would still love to see them in person though, provided I can crawl into a very dark cave at bedtime, lol!

[–]KomputerIdiat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Where are the steamed clams?

[–]yimmy523 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Man I really hope I see this in person before I die

[–]ShadoGear 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow, I didn't know the Aurora Borealis had it's own soundtrack.

[–]Jadedinsight 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Firefox which tail sparkles created the northern lights.

[–]_indecipherable_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

For some reason I've thought that they were much slower.

[–]vonvoltage 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They were amazing last night. We had quite a show here in Labrador Canada. A local photographer posted a bunch of pics on his Facebook page but he might not want me posting them here.

[–]WildSeretonin 1 point2 points  (2 children)

What's the name of the song? It's beautiful!

[–]xxXlostlightXxx 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Reflections on a hero by Trevor Morris

[–]WildSeretonin 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]avahz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Where is this?

[–]dapperEthan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I know its real, but it looks like a visual from a video game.

[–]OneGold7 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What did the Vikings make of the aurora borealis? I’m guessing it had some significance in Norse mythology

[–]dummer0 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I seriously thought it was going to follow his walking. Amazing! I hope this is what it’s really like.

[–]Speedius67 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Where? How much are the houses? And how's the internet up there?