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Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
By: Adriana Zavala

They are many myths about the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, by Pierre Gassendi in 1621.The Lapps or the Saami people that were a closely related race of the Finns’ who lived in Lappland, in what is officially Northern Finland, Sweden, and Norway traditionally believed that the Aurora Borealis “were the energies of the souls of the departed.
When the fires blazed in the skies, people were to behave solemnly, and children were admonished to quiet down and be respectful of the fires. It was believed that whoever disrespected the fires incurred bad fortune, which could result in sickness and even death” The Lapps believed these fires to have magical effects; Lappish shaman drums often have runes illustrating the fires to connect their energy. The lights were believed to have a serene effect on arguments, and the time of the fires was beneficial to problem solving. The Lapps also had a belief that if you whistled under the Aurora Borealis, then the lights would take you away with them (1).

An American history on the Aurora Borealis took as an event. After the battle of Fredricksburg, the Aurora Borealis could be seen. The army took is it as God’s sign to show that he was on their side throughout the battle. It is very unusual to see the Aurora Borealis in Virginia (2).
The Aurora Borealis is seen in many ways. One as a diffuse glow or as “curtains” that just about extends in the east-west direction. They come from gigantic explosions on the sun, which sends streams of charged protons and electrons speeding towards Earth with a velocity of 200 million miles per hour. When these particles reach Earth’s magnetic field, they accelerate to about 134 million miles per hour then they are driven down towards the Polar…...

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