September 5, 2015

Aurorae

What they are, and how to find them!

 

 

They have mesmerized, and they have terrified. They have been called many names, including: the “Omen of War,” the “Dancing Spirits,” and “Game of Ball” by Native Americans. Aristotle described them as burning flames. Descartes thought they were moon or sunlight reflected off snow or ice crystals. But none of these are correct. The aurorae are the beautiful Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis (or the Southern Lights, and Aurora Australis if you live in the southern hemisphere). These days, we know today that the aurorae are not our ancestors’ spirits in the sky, but a reaction of energy and particles that are visible to the naked eye best seen in the winter...

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