Images of Northern Lights captured with GoPro cameras

Aurora Borealis
GoPro cameras were sent into space attached to balloons to capture the Northern Lights

A set of unique visuals of the Northern Lights have been captured by GoPro HD cameras attached to 30 high-altitude balloon rigs.

The cameras were sent up 100,000 feet into the Aurora Borealis from a glacier in Alaska to capture the images - making them the first high quality images of the lights to be captured from space.

As part of the expedition, the team responsible for capturing the images used specially modified planes, which were equipped with skis to land on remote glaciers.

Dogsleds, snowmobiles, snowshoes and helicopters were also used to track and receive the balloons, while the GoPro cameras were used to document the expedition.


The device was launched as part of a partnership between GoPro and Project Aether, which aims to promote interest in science, technology, engineering and maths in schools across the US.

After the balloons reached 100,000 feet, the air pressure caused the balloons to pop and the cameras to descend back to earth.

Not all of the cameras made it back to the team in one piece, with some failing electronically, and others being lost in the Alaska desert.

GoPro is the manufacturer of small waterproof and shockproof "action" video cameras, which are popular among extreme sports enthusiasts.

More details about the expedition can be viewed in this video.

Amy Davies

Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.