Smooth, ethereal, otherworldly looking aurora effects are rarely seen, but can be incredibly moving. We go a little into the history of these “Lumia” effects, how they’re made and how you can create your own with a laser and a trip to the hardware store.

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Materials used in video:
Glass tubing – https://www.mcmaster.com/8729k37
Acrylic bar – https://www.mcmaster.com/1227t169
DP100 epoxy – https://www.mcmaster.com/7467a227

Music:
Slow Motion by Bensound.com

References and further reading:
http://illuminatuslightshow.com/
The Wobbulator – http://wobbsite.com/index.html
The Laser Galaxy projector – http://www.laserspectacles.com/products/lumia-projector/
Clavilux in action – https://youtu.be/icGdtUQy5qQ
https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/lumia
http://images.library.yale.edu/madid/showthumb.aspx?q1=1375&qc1=contains&qf1=subject1&qx=1004.2

Images used:
Alanis Morissette, Livet at sunset – Photo by Roland zh
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alanis_Morissette_-_%27Livet_at_sunset%27_2012-07-16_22-14-03.jpg
Concert of Asyl at the Boule Noire, Paris, 29 April 2009 – Photo by Adrian Tombu
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Asyl_en_concert_(3493849930).jpg
Anthony Snape Concert – Photo by Christopher Snape
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Designer_Lighting.JPG
Ripples and sunlight pattern in the shallow part of Brofjorden at Holländaröd, Lysekil Municipality, Sweden – Photo by W. Carter
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ripples_dispersing_sunlight_into_underwater_rainbows_in_Brofjorden.jpg
Aurora Borealis observed in Norway on 2006-10-28 – Photo by Rafal Konieczny
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aurora_Borealis_NO.JPG
Aurora borealis in Abisko National Park near Torneträsk lake in Sweden – Photo by Pavel.shyshkouski
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aurora_in_Abisko_near_Tornetr%C3%A4sk.jpg
Aurora Borealis in Estonia – Photo by Kristian Pikner
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Virmalised_18.03.15_(4).jpg

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