Aurora photographs and time lapse video were captured in northern Minnesota by Mark Ellis on July 15, 2012. Mark's website is

The music is "Into the Light" by Billy McLaughlin from his CD "Into the Light." Billy's website is

This particularly active aurora display resulted from the huge sunspot cluster AR 1520 that let loose with a powerful X1.4 class flare:

Aurora activity surges at about 28 seconds into the video, just after midnight on July 15 with a dramatic light show continuing through to sunrise. Fireflies occationaly provided their own artistic accent lighting.

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