Solar activity over Iceland
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Filmmaker Henry Jun Wah Lee was at the right place at the right time during a solar maximum over Iceland last March. (A bit of background: a solar maximum is a time in the 11-year solar cycle of the sun where an increase in sun spots and irradiance can be seen from Earth.) Luckily for the rest of us, he shared the rare sights in a short film called "Apotheosis." Lee was also able to witness the nearby Bárðarbunga volcano erupting as the aurora borealis set up a background worthy of a movie scene.

Lee's words on the once-in-a-lifetime happenstance:

Check out his finished video:

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