Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
Guess where am I? I am standing on the tip of Norway in front of the ‘Aurora borealis’ also known as northern lights.
What are the Northern Lights, Really?
- The Aurora is an incredible light show caused by collisions between electrically charged particles released from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide with gases such as oxygen and nitrogen.
- The lights are seen around the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. They are known as ‘Aurora borealis’ in the north and ‘Aurora australis’ in the south.
- Auroral displays appear in many colours although pale green and pink are the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have been reported. The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky. Super cool right?
Mythology of the Northern Lights
In Roman myths, Aurora was the goddess of the dawn. The Fox Indians, who lived in Wisconsin, regarded the light as an omen of war and pestilence. To them the lights were the ghosts of their slain enemies who, restless for revenge, tried to rise up again. Kind of scary right?
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