Mystical Light Shows in The Skies The Magic Behind Auroras

Watching the video for Owl City’s 2010 hit number, ‘Vanilla twilight’ in my Time Warner TV- I was mind blown; it compromised for that modern music videos with such a magnitude of emotion. The awe filled expressions in the cast including little ones plus a dog; Shaquille O’Neal (The Shak) regarding his parting words of “take me with you”; The young couple in the end holding hands and Adam appearing along with his grand piano in the light house between. I just loved it! But, what impressed me one of the most was when by the end the sky shows started. Wondering when it was graphics animated with computerized effects I found out how the aurora was really filmed in a location in Pittsburgh. Not knowing much about auroras or aurorae (plural for aurora), I did some research. Here are some with the interesting facts that I found:

It is named after the Roman goddess Aurora who flies involving the skies during twilight and sunrise. Not one of the well known Roman gods, but she actually is the personification of dawn.Auroras don’t only exist in the northern magnetic poles. They also frequent in Australia, New Zealand and also other parts with the southern hemisphere. The scientific term for northern lights or the aurora effect within the northern hemisphere is ‘aurora borealis’. In the southern magnetic pole, these are known as ‘aurora australis’.

The earliest sighting of the Aurora was recorded in 1621, in the event it was given the scientific name by Pierre Gassendi.

When auroras appear they swirl slowly (like how gases move) and change color. This is because all with the magnetic and electrical forces react with one other in constantly shifting combinations. In fact Auroras were known as “dance with the spirits” inside the past. They appear in large circles simply around what is known the auroral oval. The color is set by certain factors for the way auroras work.

Here’s how an aurora is formed: Solar winds, that is, winds circulating in the sun’s environment cross our planet. These winds are caused by sun spots. Sunspots are dark areas of magnetic disturbance on top with the sun. It has been shown that during times of maximum sunspot activity, sunshine ejects the greatest concentration of charged particles. And it is during this time period of utmost solar activity that auroras are usually to look. Solar winds cross the earth’s magnetosphere. The magnetosphere has highly charged varying magnetic and electrical fields. The solar wind follows the magnetic lines with the magnetosphere and tunnels down for the Earth’s atmosphere. The Earth’s atmosphere presents various gaseous particles that collide with all the solar winds. When the particles from the Earth’s uppermost atmosphere collide with these heated winds, energy is exchanged. The gaseous atoms gain energy that is over what exactly is required. When this excessive energy is emitted, auroras are produced.

Different atoms give off different colors of the spectrum when they’re excited. It also is determined by the location where the energy exchange happens and the way a long way away from the planet earth’s atmosphere is it happening. that interact while using solar wind are oxygen and neon. When the electrons interact with oxygen atoms with a height of around 60 miles away from the Earth’s atmosphere generates a familiar green color. Whereas, oxygen atoms in an altitude of 200 miles away from us give a beautiful red colors. Ionic Nitrogen produces the blue glow to 150miles and neutral Nitrogen sends out the red-puple as well as the rippled edges effect above 150 miles

There are many stories about sounds related to auroras, but there are no recordings of auroral sounds. Scientists can’t concur with what would produce sounds in the aurora.