Sunday, May 17, 2015

The aurora borealis

Aurora Borealis, Northern Lights, GreenOver the years, I've had the pleasure of watching the auroral displays that flash across the night sky. The lights appear to be alive, jumping and dancing around, seldom standing still.

The color I've seen most often is green.  light green to dark green but green.  Someone I know has this statement at the end of his e-mails.  "Alaska, where the ground is white and the sky is green".....LOL.

Alaska, Aurora Borealis, Northern LightsOne night, after a lovely steam at a friends house, I spotted an auroral display. The lights looked very much like those in the picture to the left.  The lights sometimes remind me of that game children play "cracking the whip!"

Northern Lights, Sweden, LaplandOne time, around 9 PM, a neighbor came over to get us.  The display outside was so different than usual. The whole auroral display was of pinks and purples with absolutely no green.  None!

We watched the lights swirl and dance across the sky!  They spun and rippled, bowed and paused, moved here and there.  So  alive!  I could almost picture the lights as a living creature.

I have never seen a display in that color since then but hope to see it one day again.  Green is normal but pink is a treat and a joy.  Did you know that people believe that if you whistle when you see the aurora, it will dance to your whistling? 

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