Sunday, 8 July 2012
Thursday, 5 July 2012
Real time footage of the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis filmed on January 24th during the peak of a Solar Storm. Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is a spectacular phenomenon that occurs in nature. They are produced by tiny particles that rush out of the sun in all directions. These particles are slowed down by the earth's magnetic field which releases energy that we see as auroras (colour waves in the sky), the colour depends on the altitude.
The aurora borealis is also called the northern polar lights, as it is only visible in the sky from the Northern Hemisphere, the chance of visibility increasing with proximity to the North Magnetic Pole, which is currently in the arctic islands of northern Canada. It occurs often in Scandinavia as well. In addition, it is possible to see it during the day (it happens at all times but it is harder to see) and in different areas of the world. In fact, some rare occurances of the aurora borealis have mistaken people to take them for UFOs.