Monday, January 30, 2012

Northern lights... gorgeous!

One of my favorite science blogs... oops I mean websites, Why Evolution is True posted this video from YouTube. It hails from Norway-- the Aurora Borealis in all it's glory. According to Jerry Coyne the Borealis results from activity on the sun (solar flares) which increase the energy of the atom in the earth's atmosphere. The atoms then release that energy as bursts of light. And different atoms produce different colors. 

According to the Youtube poster the music is Visions of Socrates by Martijn de Man...never heard of him before but it fits with the video. I will add that at approximately 2:20-2:30 there is a shooting star which is also lovely. 

Hope this adds some beauty to your day as it did mine!  

21 comments:

  1. You have a great place to dream about. I love your post :)

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    1. Thanks! I think dreaming is important. It takes us places we wouldn't go otherwise!

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    2. i saw the northern lights at my cottage in canada about 8 years ago... i was out camping and apparently it was the biggest showing in something like a decade... amazing though!

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    3. You are a fortunate man. There are many of us who would love to be able to travel to see the lights and just can't do it... and you just stumbled on it!

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  2. Way better than fireworks.. I remember as a child Dad herding us all outside one night to see the magic in the sky.

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    1. These are far better than fireworks even in video! And lucky you to see them as a child. What a wondrous site for a kid to witness.

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  3. For me, it'd be a dream come true to see the Northern Lights sometime. I can't even imagine what it must be like!

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    1. I think you ought to find a way to go and see them. You are such an adventuress! Think of the great music you'd compose watching that!

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  4. Very beautiful indeed! I haven't been over for a while, so I'm just seeing your new header photo. IT'S beautiful, too!
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

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    1. Ah Ann! Good to see you. I have been remiss as well. Thanks for the compliment on my header!

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  5. When I was a kid and lived un North, we'd see these pretty frequently in winter time. Always equally magic, loved them.

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    1. What a great memory to have! Better than 4th of July for a kid here in the States!

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  6. Totally awesome. I'd love to see them.

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    1. Me too! Although I'll pass on standing out in the cold. Perhaps in that warm house that is in front. It looked cozy with a great view!

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  7. It is an awesome site, isn't it? I was bummed I don't live in Europe. I wanted to see it.

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  8. Beautiful. I've seen still photos (who hasn't?) but realised this is the first time I've ever seen a movie so I didn't know how they moved in the sky. Thank you.

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    1. I guess the photographer had some trouble with this particular video but he's supposed to be posting some better shots. I hope he does!

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous. And the music is lovely too. I'd love to see this live but I'll pass on the frigid cold.

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  10. Beautiful! I would *love* to see this in person!

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  11. Gorgeous!

    I've had the privilege of seeing the northern lights in real life and they are even more dazzling!

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