Northern lights!

In the colorful world we live in, we as a people get to experience some pretty amazing things when its comes to mother nature. Everything from Lions eating water buffalos, to snow falling in Dallas Texas. One special phenomena created by nature, or gases, are Northern Lights.

These lights are known as “Aurora”, and can typically be found between the three degree to six degree latitudinal line. This is called the Auroral Zone. An Aurora is a natural light display in the sky, particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere or Thermosphere.

In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis (or the northern lights), named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, by Pierre Gassendi in 1621. These lights are normally visible to people living in higher elevations of the earth, and are normally not visible in say, Mexico. If you ever get a chance to see these lights for yourself, I would highly recommend it.

-Wes Neuman

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