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I'd love to witness the Aurora Borealis in real-life. This photograph was taken last week over the skies of Iowa. [via]
Posted by on December 19, 2006 in Photography
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i'd love to do that too
to make it even worse, i listen to Peter Blegvad's song "the northern lights"....
Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 04:36 PM
I've seen 'em. In northern Maine they used to appear on the horizon, and sometimes even directly overhead. Up there we mostly saw the greenish part, like in the photo. They were either a greenish fog, or, on the best times, they had vertical shafts or "pillars" in them (you can see those in the green area of the picture, too). They'd brighten periodically, and the effect was that the pillars were like neon tubes all in a row, successively blinking on and off like some kind of Las Vegas display. The photo is probably a timed exposure, which makes them look a little bit brighter more defined.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 08:19 PM
Oh, and some people say the Lights make a slight hissing noise. Scientists say no, because the effect is miles adn miles overhead, but I'd swear I heard them hiss when the aurora was very active. Probably just human imagination corrupted by seeing all those sci-fi movies where there's sound in outer space, but I just thought I'd mention it.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 08:25 PM
This shouldn't happen as far south as Iowa. They're called the "Northern Lights" for a reason.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 11:38 PM
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