The Realism Of Symbolism In The Aurora Borealis

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Imagine standing in the snow looking out onto the frozen lake just north of the Arctic Circle. The gentle breeze flows through the calm wintery night. The leaves hum as the wind plays through the trees. Above the trees are millions of bright orbs scattered across the dark sky. Then, slowly along the horizon, a shimmer of color starts to overcome above the lake. It begins to materialize than eventually manifests into dancing star rods of glimmering green light that skip across the darkness of the atmosphere. Of course, some are already aware that these are the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. However, many people see these as a much more complex reasoning instead of the simplistic explanation for why these lights exist. The Aurora Borealis,…show more content…
Back when one did not know the scientific explanation to the Northern Lights, many postulations were made to accompany a persons’ beliefs. Even though scientists have studied the Northern Lights and given people the real explanation towards why they exist, many cannot avoid applying their opinion towards something they see. It is very natural for a human being to put their own thoughts into the Northern Lights. Not surprisingly, the Aurora Borealis is based primarily on the mythology and legend of most indigenous people living in countries within the Aurora Oval. Over many years of the Northern Lights existing, people have put their own spin on what these lights mean to them based on their beliefs. Some mythology went as far as the ancient Greeks and Romans. The Greeks had believed that Aurora was the sister of Helios and Seline, the sun and moon gods, and that she would race across the sky in her chariot to alert her siblings the coming of a new day.…show more content…
Numerous places and religions have suggested a reasoning around the Northern Lights to give some sort of explanation. However, it could be that people just needed another entity that guided their beliefs in some way. As time went on scientists clarified what the Northern Lights really are, “The Northern Lights are actually the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun's atmosphere.” (Northern Lights Center). This interaction between the sun and Earth cause a display of many different colors. They include shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet. However, pale green and pink are the most common colors seen. The Northern Lights and sunspot activity has been around since about the 1880’s, but people did not fully know of the reason for these lights until the 1950’s. The different gases in our atmosphere are the reason for the colors produce in the sky. Oxygen molecules cause the yellowish-green color that is seen a lot, while nitrogen produces a blue or purplish-red color. “The temperature above the surface of the sun is millions of degrees Celsius. At this temperature, collisions between gas molecules are frequent and explosive. Free electrons and protons are thrown from the sun's atmosphere by the

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