Friday, August 28, 2015

The Majesty of the Heavens

Tonight was a first for me. Sort of. As I walked outside, I felt the cool chill of an autumnal breeze in summer and I was greeted by the light of a full moon and the most intense aurora borealis I could imagine. It wasn't as green as I remember seeing in pictures, but it was clearly illuminating the night sky.

It looked like ribbons of light. A subtle green with white and it danced across the heavens. And that got me thinking. What causes the Northern Lights?

As it turns out, there are a couple different ideas about this one. The prevailing and generally agreed upon consensus is that when charged particles from Sol (our blue-green sun) collide with atoms in our atmosphere, it pushes the electrons into a higher energy state. When they power down, they cause a brilliant aurora.
So basically, the earth is going Super Saiyan!
The other theory is that angels are painting. Either way, it's really cool!

Jaclyn and I had a chance to see a faint aurora back in December and it was super exciting. But tonight was so much brighter and it was dancing! Moving really fast!!

That's all for now. See ya!

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