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Northern Lights Myth or ScienceThe Northern Light are poetry natures light show and are quantum leaps in the oxygenatom They are elementary particle physics superstition mythology and fairy tales TheNorthern Lights or Aurora Borealis have filled us with wonder and inspired artists they havefrightened people to think the worlds end was at hand More exact explanations of thephenomenon could not be given until modern physics was refined and knowledge of the Earthsmagnetosphere was obtained from satellite data Still people wonder what causes this effect wecall the Northern Lights Races of people throughout history concocted or reasoned explanations of the NorthernLights The Canadians in the region of Ontario Ottawa have a belief that the Aurora wasbrought into being by the creator of the Earth Nanahboozha as a warning to mankind of impending danger As theses primitive Indians believed so did many others On the other hand Galileo Galiei one of the greatest astronomerphysicists in history had an explanation more along the lines of what is held true today An effect in my opinion which has no other origin than that a part on vapor-laden air surrounding the Earth is for some reason unusually rarefiedso that its upper parts are struck by the sun and made able to reflect its splendor to us forming the Northern lightsTo correct Galileo we start with the sun whose energy production fluctuates on an11-year cycle Maximum production coincides with high sunspot activity when processes on thesuns surface throw particles far into space These particles are the so-called solar wind and cause the Northern Lights The solar particles reach the Earth as a sort of solar rain that comes in waves Particles hitting the atmosphere cause a reaction to occurs creating undulating ribbons of light as the waves of solar matter bombard the atmosphere As we can see the real reason for the Northern lights existence is quite different from ideas of generations past Myths Gods and many stories have
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