Aurora Borealis Nature's Lightshow 

By Sara Fathima

April 11 , 2022

Allure of Auroras

Captivating waves of dancing light  are formed when the solar winds  strike the Earth’s ionosphere. 

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Dazzling Dance

The charged particles in these  winds are trapped in the Earth's  magnetic field.

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Gorgeous Glows 

They react with the gases in our atmosphere and emit colourful  light. The colours of the aurora  vary, depending on altitude and  the kind of atoms involved.

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Heavenly Hues  

This phenomenon is called Aurora  Borealis in the northern hemisphere  and Aurora Australis in the southern hemisphere. It occurs in regions  closer to the poles.

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Colourful Curtain 

Auroras are the brightest and most  frequent when solar storms occur and are ejected from the sun during  its 11-year cycle of emission activity.

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Shimmering South 

There is increased activity in the solar wind during equinoxes called the magnetic  storm. During this time, Auroras have been visible as far south as the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

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Stargazer’s Delight 

Galileo Galilei coined the name Aurora Borealis in the 1600s — after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek  god of the north wind, Boreas.  While Australis means southern in Latin.

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Celestial Shades  

Auroras are not unique to Earth.  Other planets that have an  atmosphere and magnetic field  also have them. 

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