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This video, taken over four hours with a whole-sky camera and compressed to a rapid two minutes (plus a minute of introduction), makes the sky over Sweden look like the world’s best executive desk toy.

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It’s the work of photographer Göran Strand, who spliced together nearly 2,500 photos of the particularly spectacular aurora that followed a March 17 solar flare. I don’t often want to live in Sweden — well, not until summer, anyway — but this sure makes it look tempting. At very least, it makes me happy to live on Earth.

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