This Incredibly Beautiful Time-Lapse Captured the Northern Lights During a Solar Maximum

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Solar maximum or solar max is a normal period of greatest solar activity in the 11 year solar cycle of the Sun. During solar maximum, large numbers of sunspots appear and the sun’s irradiance output grows by about 0.07%.

Photographer Henry Jun Wah Lee visited Iceland during the latest solar maximum and shot photos for this incredible time-lapse film titled “Apotheosis.” Massive solar flares often occur during a solar maximum, which causes intense auroras that are visible from places in the world that usually don’t see northern or southern lights.

  was in Iceland on March 17th, 2015, when the solar storm of the decade hit Earth and covered the night sky above him with auroras. The auroras were so strong that they were visible at dusk and continued all throughout the night until dawn.

In the film you will see rare red, yellow, white, blue and violet purple auroras,” Lee says.

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