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Southern lights

Duration: 00:48

Getting the long exposure timelapse of the Aurora was extremely challenging. With the really spectacular displays occurring only on a few days, cameraman Wade Fairley experimented extensively on night scenes first to work out timing and exposure. As he shot on 500 ASA film, there was no way of reviewing the footage to check if the dancing effect had been captured.

Available since: Fri 29 May 2009

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Planet Earth Ice Worlds

6/11 David Attenborough examines the frozen worlds of the Arctic and Antarctic.

First broadcast: 05 Nov 2006

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