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Time lapse footage of northern lights

25 January 2012 Last updated at 15:17 GMT

The skies above Lapland, Finland, have been lit up with a spectacular display from the northern lights.

Time lapse footage captured magical images of the phenomenon, which is caused by charged gas particles that flow away from the Sun as a "solar wind" then interact with the Earth's magnetic field.

Scientist say Earth is currently being bombarded by high-energy particles unleashed by the strongest solar storm since 2005.