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This Breathtaking Video Of The Northern Lights Was Shot By Chicago-Area Man

By Kelly Bauer | September 19, 2017 5:33am

CHICAGO — A man drove 4½ hours out of Chicago to get a glimpse of the northern lights earlier this month.

Chris Biela, a resident of suburban Des Plaines who used to live on the Northwest Side, captured the sight in a timelapse video from Door County, Wis. He recorded the lights Sept. 7, when the northern lights were unusually strong and could be seen from northern Illinois — though light pollution and clouds posed a problem for those who tried to glimpse the aurora borealis from the city.

Biela's video shows bright green ribbons of light flashing across a blue sky.

"Only 4.5 hours drive from Chicago to see Northern lights? I did not think it is possible but here is a proof," Biela wrote in an email to DNAinfo. "Night Time lapse taken at Door County. Rare experience at this latitude."

Watch the video: