northern lights

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Nature, y'all.

It's tough to believe this isn't some airbrushed design on a 1990s shirt. The world can pull out some crazy beautiful things sometimes.

This group of humpback whales bask in the northern lights of Norway in a super peaceful swim along the coast.

According to the video's description:

This Spectacular footage of a group of humpback whales swimming under the northern lights off the coast of Norway was shot by Norwegian cameraman Harald Albrigtsen, who works for the Norwegian media company NRK.

Large gatherings of whales like this are common in the waters off Norway, and this time of year is prime time to see the northern lights in the country.

The lights most frequently appear between September and March.

Thanks, Earth. This is great.

aurora borealis contest national geographic northern lights photo gallery - 6524550656
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Turns out National Geographic photographers aren't the only ones who can capture all those amazing and iconic shots. A recent photo contest turned up a treasure trove of images from around the world. View the full gallery -- starting with the winning entry -- here.