Saturday Night we
were treated to a special natural phenomenon that is rarely seen this far south (or north)
of the polar regions. In the northern hemisphere it's call the Aurora Boealis, or
Northern Lights. Our first gance of the northern lights came at around 9pm through a
clearing in the trees. It appeared as a large dim red area in the northern sky.
We soon gathered around the camp fire in a larger open area where we were treated
to a 2 hour light show full of a glowing horizon, jets of light shooting vertically into
the sky and migrating colors of deep red and greenish white. No one was equiped with
a low light camera so we we not able to get any photos ourselves but these borrowed photos
are very similar to what we saw.
Extremely simplified, they say that the Northern Lights occurs when the particles from the sun are being thrown against the earth by the solar wind. When the particles collide with the earths atmosphere, the energy of the particles are turned into light, the Northern Light.
This is a a better explanation, but still very simplified:
For more information on the Northern Lights, here are a few links to follow: