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The Northern lights - from ancient myths and modern science

What is more beautiful on a cold winter’s night than catching a glimpse of the northern lights or “aurora borealis” dancing across the sky? This stunning phenomenon is deeply embedded in the mythology of many cultures, and in the past, the causes of northern lights were ascribed to everything from dancing spirits to God’s anger. But no one suspected a connection with the Sun until a little more than a hundred years ago, when an eccentric Norwegian scientist, Kristian Birkeland, realized that the Sun bombards the Earth with particles. 

 

Today we observe the Sun from satellites and can predict the Northern lights. And scientist are using ground based observatories, sounding rockets and satellites to understand the secrets behind the aurora - and to better understand the Sun-Eearth connection. With our ever increasing  technology based society this research also have an important practical as well.

 

This multimedia presentation will take the audience through the history of this phenomenon from ancient times to modern space based science.

The lecture will include several clips from a new wards-winning documentary «The Northern Lights - a Magic Experience» as well as new stunning real time video of the Northern Lights. 

 

See a short trailer here

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