wow. this is a Great Read. The Auroras have always awed Man. Its so beautiful and even more when we learn how they came to appear in the first place. 🙂

Thanks Mekhi.

Rationalising The Universe

A snappy little post today, the science behind the spectacular display of the Aurora Borealis a.k.a Northern Lights. This mystical display of colours may be better left to childhood imagination but in the name of science we shall explain its true origin. As with many things here on Earth, the existence of the Northern Lights is thanks to the Sun. The Sun may be million of miles away but the effects of this colossal heat giant can be easily felt on our planet.

Storms on the Sun blow out streams of electrically charged solar particles across space and the Earth is in the path of this stream. The solar wind, as its called, distorts the Earth’s magnetic field and allows charged particles from the Sun to enter the Earth’s atmosphere. This is most easily done at the poles of the Earth where the magnetic field is weaker which is why…

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