Sunday, October 15, 2006

Aurora (Northern Lights)

Time lapse movie of an aurora display on Sep/24/2006 in British Columbia, Canada.

From Wikipedia,

The aurora is a bright glow observed in the night sky, usually in the polar zone. For this reason some scientists call it a "polar aurora" (or "aurora polaris"). In northern latitudes it is known as the aurora borealis (IPA /ɔˈɹɔɹə bɔɹiˈælɪs/), which is named after the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for north wind, Boreas, since in Europe especially it often appears as a reddish glow on the northern horizon as if the sun were rising from an unusual direction. The aurora borealis is also called the northern lights. The aurora borealis most often occurs from September to October and from March to April. Its southern counterpart, aurora australis, has similar properties.

Do watch it, it is higly impressive.


Publia said...

Very interesting. I have never seen the Northern Lights, although my mother did once. Did you ever see them? That would be a great expeerience.

Balaji said...

I have never seen it myself. But I reckon it would be an amazing experience.