Northern Lights – Bucket List

β€œI looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north–an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light.”
~ Old Testament – The Bible ~

Imagine gazing up in the night sky and witnessing a dazzling display of dancing lights.Β However, this phenomenon is not an illusion, but natural lights in earths atmosphere called the𝑡𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒏 π‘³π’Šπ’ˆπ’‰π’•π’”Β or A𝑨𝒖𝒓𝒐𝒓𝒂 π‘©π’π’“π’†π’‚π’π’Šπ’” 𝒐𝒓 𝑷𝒐𝒍𝒂𝒓 π‘³π’Šπ’ˆπ’‰π’•π’”Β mainly found in the skies up North.

π‘―π’π’˜ 𝒂𝒓𝒆 π’•π’‰π’†π’š π’‡π’π’“π’Žπ’†π’…?
– The Northern Lights begin high in the Earth’s atmosphere (at altitudes from 60 to more than 250 miles).
– Solar winds from the Sun’s atmosphere approaches the Earth’s magnetic field.
– These charged particles (protons and neutrons) collide with the gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere releasing a tremendous amount of energy which forms the spectacular Northern Lights.

𝑨𝒓𝒆 π’•π’‰π’†π’š π’π’Šπ’ˆπ’‰π’•π’” π’Šπ’ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒐𝒖𝒕𝒉 𝒑𝒐𝒍𝒆 𝒂𝒔 π’˜π’†π’π’?
Yes! The Northern Lights have a cousin in the South Pole! Their southern counterpart (Southern Lights) are known as 𝑨𝒖𝒓𝒐𝒓𝒂 π‘¨π’–π’”π’•π’“π’‚π’π’Šπ’”Β and have almost identical features.

π‘Ύπ’‰π’š 𝒂𝒓𝒆 π’•π’‰π’†π’š π’Žπ’‚π’Šπ’π’π’š 𝒇𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒖𝒑 π’Šπ’ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒏𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒉 𝒑𝒐𝒍𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒐𝒖𝒕𝒉 𝒑𝒐𝒍𝒆?
Since the atmosphere and magnetic field is weaker at both the north and South Pole, northern/southern lights will appear there.Β 

𝑩𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒔𝒆 π’„π’–π’“π’•π’‚π’Šπ’π’” 𝒐𝒇 π’π’Šπ’ˆπ’‰π’• 𝒂𝒓𝒆 π’Žπ’π’“π’† π’„π’π’Žπ’‘π’π’†π’™ 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 π’šπ’π’– π’•π’‰π’Šπ’π’Œ!
– Each color of northern lights you see in the sky will signify a little bit on how they were made.
– The colours vary depending on the amount of energy and elements released and no two light displays are the same!
– For instance, if oxygen is released, a greenish-yellow light is released, which is the most common type. If nitrogen is emitted, a blue light would be visible.Β 

π‘«π’Šπ’… 𝒀𝒐𝒖 π‘²π’π’π’˜?
✴️ Aurora is the Roman goddess of dawn and Boreas is the Greek term for the north wind, hence the name Aurora Borealis.
✴️ Astronomers believe that other planets have their own auroras as well.
✴️ The International Space Station is at the same altitude as the Northern Lights which makes astronauts can view the lights from there.
✴️ In Finland, the name for the Northern Lights is revontulet, literally translated as ‘fire fox’. Legend says that Arctic foxes produced the Aurora.

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