Posted by: cherylyoung | February 21, 2012

Witness The Northern Lights

Witness The Northern Lights

How to explain the magic of the northern lights?

 

Northern aboriginals saw them as the spirits of

seals and beluga whales they had hunted.

 

French scientist PierreGassendi devised the

Latin name in the 1620’s: Aurora, for the Greek

goddess of dawn, and borealis, meaning northern.

 

The ghostly shades of green, yellow, red, blue,

and violet in the  northern night sky are the

result of explosive collisions that occur when

electrically charged particles are shot out from the

sun and enter the Earth’s atmosphere.

 

The eerie lights appear over the North Pole,

sometimes as a  willowy arc, other times as

glowing streamers, shooting rays, and rippling

curtains.

 

  Occasionally, they may be visible all the way

into southern B.C.

 

  Aurora borealis is liveliest when solar activity

peaks every 11 years, making 2012 a particularly

good year to visit the Northern Lights Centre in

Watson Lake, Yukon, on the Alaska Highway

just north of the B.C. Border.

Info (www.northernlightscentre.ca

Bruce Obee

www.bcadayatatime.com

 

Cheryl C. Young Saanich Peninsula Realty

 Cell: 250-516-7653 Sidney B.C, Vancouver Island Website:

  www.cherylyoung.ca Email: cbythesea@shaw.ca

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