New Timelapse Video: Comet Dances with Auroras

An amazing astronomy video is making the rounds on the web this week showing comet PanSTARRS joined by a magnificent display of northern lights. Veteran astrophotographer Babak Tafreshi has trained his camera lens on a unique convergence of two cosmic events: the display of the icy visitor nearly 200 million of kilometers distant and the particularly haunting appearance of the aurora borealis.

PanSTARRS complete with its sweeping tail of gas and dust can be seen sinking quickly down toward the mountain range after nightfall just as the first hints of a  twisting and winding light display kicks in, filling the crisp and cold skies. The beautiful footage was taken on the night of March 20, 2013 over the fjord near Tromso, Norway.

Comet auroa

Changing Planet

Andrew Fazekas, aka The Night Sky Guy, is a science writer, broadcaster, and lecturer who loves to share his passion for the wonders of the universe through all media. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic News and is the national cosmic correspondent for Canada’s Weather Network TV channel, space columnist for CBC Radio network, and a consultant for the Canadian Space Agency. As a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Andrew has been observing the heavens from Montreal for over a quarter century and has never met a clear night sky he didn’t like.