I got up early today, had a little coffee, and sat down to work on the blog. My cat, Erma, decided to help a little:
I haven't seen the Northern Lights (or the Aurora borealis) in caribou ("in person" for any of you humans reading), but I've seen plenty of videos and photographs...they are just BEAUTIFUL!
So what are the Northern Lights (or as the Southern Lights are called - Aurora australis)? For that answer, I consulted The Northern Lights Centre's website:
The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. Auroral displays appear in many colours although pale green and pink are the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have been reported. The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow.
Pretty fantastic, don't you think?