The photographer, Taro Nakai, is a micrometeorologist at the International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks. He took this shot for a beautiful time-lapse movie, available from his YouTube channel.
“Murphy Dome has an elevation of 776 meters, and since it is located in a cold subarctic area, the top of this mountain is so-called alpine tundra. Therefore, there are no tall trees and we can see the unobstructed view of the spectacular northern lights,” said Nakai.
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