Stunning Time-Lapse Video Shows Landscapes of "Midnight Sun" Natural Phenomenon (Video)


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Norwegian photographer and filmmaker Terje Sørgjerd might be one of my very favorite artists. He's got quite the reputation for producing phenomenal time-lapse videos, such as this one of the milky way. He's done it again with this video of the days before the Arctic's famed "Midnight sun." Check out the video below the fold.
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According to Sørgjerd, the footage is from April 29th through May 10th, the days leading up to the Midnight Sun, or 24 consecutive hours of sunlight, on the archipelago Lofoten in Norway.

Wikipedia states, "The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon occurring in summer months at latitudes north and nearby to the south of the Arctic Circle, and south and nearby to the north of the Antarctic Circle where the sun remains visible at the local midnight. Given fair weather, the sun is visible for a continuous 24 hours, mostly north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle. The number of days per year with potential midnight sun increases the farther poleward one goes."

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When the timing is right and the sunset meets the sunrise, it's an incredible event, and the photographer has captured the beauty of the lighting here. He states, "This is the most colorful light that I know, and the main reason I have been going up there for the last 4 years, at the exact same time of year, to photograph."


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And the photos can be simply breath-taking.


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Lofoten is known for its incredible landscapes. But it is also known for the dramatic lighting. For instance, in Svolvær, one of the major towns of Lofoten, the sun stays above the horizon from May 25 to July 17, doesn't rise at all from December 4 to January 7.

It's all part of being so close to the pole. Wikipedia notes, "Since the Earth's axis is tilted with respect to the ecliptic by approximately 23 degrees 27 minutes, the sun does not set at high latitudes in (local) summer. The duration of the midnight sun increases from one day during the summer solstice at the polar circle to approximately six months at the poles. At extreme latitudes, it is usually referred to as polar day."

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