Thursday, May 8, 2008

Beautiful Panorama of Aurora and Meteor over Alaskan Lake

Auroras (North/South Polar Lights; or aurorae) are natural colored light displays, which are usually observed in the night sky, particularly in the polar zone. The aurora typically occur in the ionosphere. Some scientists call them "polar auroras" (or "aurorae polares"). In northern latitudes, it is known as the aurora borealis (or the northern lights), named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for north wind, Boreas. It often appears as a greenish glow or sometimes a faint red, as if the sun was rising from an unusual direction. The aurora borealis is also called the northern polar lights, as it is only visible in the North sky from the Northern Hemisphere. The aurora borealis most often occurs from September to October and from March to April. The Cree call this phenomenon the Dance of the Spirits.

Its southern counterpart, the aurora australis/southern polar lights, has similar properties. Australis is the Latin word for "of the South".

Benjamin Franklin first brought attention to the "mystery of the Northern Lights." He theorized the shifting lights to a concentration of electrical charges in the polar regions intensified by the snow and other moisture.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you, my primary school students have come across your photo while we are learning about magnetism. This photo is truly stunning and we appreciate you sharing with us

Anonymous said...

I love the picture. The vibrant colour, and the beautiful scenery... this picture is just stunning to look at and I'd like to say well done to the photographer, because they have shot a beautiful, picturesque aurora photo.

Anonymous said...

Thankyou, I've used this picture on a project for school while studying solar wind.

Anonymous said...

this is a beautiful photo. i have it as my wallpaper :) thankyou

Anonymous said...

this is a beautiful photo. i have it as my wallpaper :) thankyou

santa said...

I'm glad this could be used educationally. Viewers should note that this is copyrighted by Ab Kuenzli, all rights reserved. You can see more of my aurora images at http://www.pbase.com/santa/aurora.

LDN: said...

what a great photo, can i have permission to reproduce it on my blog please?

santa said...

Any requests for use should be emailed to me, the copyright holder and original photographer, Ab Kuenzli, at kuenzli@gci.net.

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