The days of darkness are almost over! The shortest day of the year is this Saturday, making it a prime time for extended stargazing. If you're in Alberta, bundle up and take advantage of the 16-and-a-half hours of darkness by heading out to a dark sky preserve to catch the northern lights.

For a teaser of the visual delights the sky has to offer, this time-lapsed video from Travel Alberta, taken near Jasper National Park, features more than 2,000 photos of the beauty that awaits stargazers.