The aurora borealis — or Northern Lights, as it’s commonly known — is one of the most surreal natural phenomena out there. It’s also relatively unpredictable, a result of solar winds hitting Earth’s magnetic field, and some solar winds are calmer than others. So if you’re trying to plan a trip to, say, Iceland in the winter, and are just taking a few days there with the intent of catching the Northern Lights, you could very well go home without seeing anything, or catching only very weak, mild auroras.

That’s not the case for the makers of this film, taken in Russia. They caught a gigantic aurora on film, and it’s just as incredible as you’d expect.

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